The fate of a Dover man, accused of killing his girlfriend, is now in the hands of a Franklin County jury. Prosecutors have alleged all along that Kevin Jones killed beauty queen Nona Dirksmeyer.
Jurors were allowed to go home Wednesday night, but they will return Thursday morning to finish up deliberations.
Before the jurors left they had questions for the judge. They asked who sent Dirksmeyer a text message the day she died, and asked whether police investigated that person.
Judge John Patterson said those questions could not be answered. He said that jurors had to go with the information that was already presented.
Earlier Wednesday the defense finished up its’ case with a forensic pathologist who disputed the time of Dirksmeyer's death.
During closing arguments the state focused on the light bulb which had Jones' bloody palm print on it. They contend it was a crime of passion and that Kevin did it and had no true alibi other than his grandmother who says she saw him around 11:30 that morning.
But, the defense has always maintained that the jury needs to focus on whomever left the condom wrapper found at the scene. DNA found on it did not match Jones. They argue whoever left the wrapper is the killer.
The defense also focused on the Russellville Police Department’s handling of the case. Lawyers say authorities didn't collect enough fingerprint evidence. They also say cell phone records were deleted and the phone was given to Dirksmeyer's stepfather.
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