RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — A man accused in the 2005 slaying of a beauty queen in Russellville says in court papers that another man committed the killing and used a TV show to devise his method.
A jury deadlocked in May when Gary Dunn was tried for the murder of Arkansas Tech student Nona Dirksmeyer. A second trial for Dunn is scheduled for January. Dirksmeyer's boyfriend Kevin Jones was acquitted of the slaying in 2007.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Dunn has asked a judge to allow a jury to watch an episode of the TV show Forensic Files because it has "striking similarities" to how Jones acted around the time Dirksmeyer was killed.
Prosecutors have not responded to the motion. Parties in the case can't discuss it because a judge issued a gag order.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com