Decades-old Wyoming murder case heads to trial

By: AP
By: AP

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - The second of two decades-old murder cases involving an elderly Missouri couple arrested last fall is about to begin in Cheyenne.

Jury selection is scheduled to start Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of 75-year-old Alice Uden.

Prosecutors allege Uden shot her husband, 25-year-old Ronald Holtz, as he slept sometime in late 1974 or early 1975. Investigators recovered his remains from an abandoned mine in southeast Wyoming last summer.

Uden's attorneys are preparing to argue she acted in self-defense.

Her current husband, 71-year-old Gerald Uden, has pleaded guilty to shooting his ex-wife and her 10- and 11-year-old sons in central Wyoming in 1980. He's serving a life sentence, the same penalty Alice Uden faces.

Police have not linked the two cases since arresting the Udens in Chadwick, Mo., in September.

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