Jury selection to begin in old Wyoming murder case

By: AP
By: AP

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - Jury selection begins Tuesday in the second of two decades-old murder cases involving an elderly Missouri couple.

Court documents show that attorneys for 75-year-old Alice Uden may argue self-defense when she goes on trial in Cheyenne for the first-degree murder of her then-husband in southeast Wyoming in the mid-1970s.

Prosecutors allege Uden shot 25-year-old Ronald Holtz as he slept. Investigators dug up his body from an abandoned mine last summer.

Authorities arrested Alice Uden and her current husband, 71-year-old Gerald Uden, in rural Chadwick, Mo., last fall.

Gerald Uden has pleaded guilty to shooting his ex-wife and her 10- and 11-year-old sons in central Wyoming in 1980. He is serving a life sentence, the same penalty Alice Uden faces if convicted as charged.

Investigators have not linked the two cases.

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