Man tried twice in student’s death accused of kidnap attempt


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A man who was tried twice but never convicted in the
2005 beating death of an Arkansas Tech University student has been arrested on
suspicion of attempted kidnapping.

Russellville police say 39-year-old Gary Dunn was arrested Tuesday night after
a woman told authorities a man approached her in a parking lot and tried to force her into a vehicle. Police say a similar encounter happened earlier in the evening involving a different woman.

Police said in a statement Dunn was arrested after authorities stopped a vehicle matching the description provided by the women. Dunn is being held on $100,000 bond.

Dunn was tried twice for the killing of 19-year-old Nona Dirksmeyer, but juries
deadlocked both times. Defense attorneys argued at both trials that Dunn was not
the killer.

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