CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Closing arguments were given today in the Gary Dunn murder trail in Clarksville. Dunn is accused of capitol murder in the 2005 death of Arkansas Tech Student, Nona Dirksmeyer.
The jury has taken a break in deliberations; they will resume Friday at 9 a.m. Kevin Jones, who was originally charged and acquitted of the crime in 2007, is in the courtroom today sitting with the parents of the victim and his mother.
The prosecution concluded their case saying they do not have to prove why Gary Dunn killed Nona Dirksmeyer, only that he did in fact kill her.
Dunn has had several explanations to his whereabouts at the time of the murder the prosecution says the DNA on the condom wrapper found at the scene is a silent witness that ties Dunn to the crime.
The defense spent over an hour giving its closing argument saying Kevin Jones is responsible for the death of Nona Dirksmeyer. They spent the majority of their argument reminding the jury of Jones' phone records and inconsistent timeline.
The defense also contends no expert witness has been able to testify beyond a shadow of a doubt that the DNA on the condom wrapper is in fact Dunn's or that it had anything to do with the murder.
If the jury finds Dunn not guilty, he will be released from custody. However, they have the option of finding Dunn guilty of capitol murder or one of the lesser charges, 1st degree or 2nd degree murder.