A special prosecutor is investigating the 2005 death of an Arkansas Tech University student whose boyfriend was acquitted last summer of a murder charge.
Jack McQuary says no one has been arrested but would not discuss other details. McQuary works for the Arkansas Office of Prosecutor Coordinator in Little Rock.
Nineteen-year-old Nona Dirksmeyer was found dead December 15th, 2005, in her apartment by her boyfriend, Kevin Jones of Dover, Jones' mother, and a friend of Jones. The prosecution says Dirksmeyer was choked and beaten, stabbed and slashed with a knife, and her skull was fractured with the base of a floor lamp. A jury in July acquitted the 22-year-old Jones of first-degree murder.
Jones' attorney, Michael Robbins, says he believes DNA evidence that the defense previously turned over to the prosecution is what prompted McQuary's appointment. He says the DNA on a condom wrapper found near Dirksmeyer's body did not match Jones' DNA.
Prosecutor David Gibbons would not discuss McQuary's appointment by Circuit Judge Dennis Sutterfield. But McQuary confirmed that a prosecutor's request is what triggers the court appointment of a special prosecutor.
Dirksmeyer was a sophomore, majoring in music. She also won Miss Petit Jean Valley in 2005 and competed in the Miss Arkansas Pageant.
CBS' 48 Hours will air a segment on the Dirksmeyer csae Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. on Today's THV.
(Copyright 2008 by Associated Press/KTHV Little Rock)