Jury Selection Begin in Uden Murder Trial

By: Kyle Markley Email
By: Kyle Markley Email

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - A 40-year-old murder case involving an elderly Missouri woman arrested last fall, is beginning here in Cheyenne.
Jury selection began this morning in the first-degree murder trial of 75-year-old Alice Uden.
In the courtroom of District Judge Steven Sharpe, Alice Uden was present along with 32 potential jurors in the case.
Judge Sharpe along with the prosecuting and defense attorney's spent the entire day privately interviewing all the potential jurors to narrow it down to the 12 who will determine Alice Uden's innocence or guilt in the murder.
Prosecutors allege Uden shot her husband, 25-year-old Ronald Holtz, as he slept sometime in late 1974 or early 1975.
In 1989, police interviewed a witness who claimed Uden had confessed to killing Holtz in his sleep with a .22 caliber rifle and dumping his body in an old mine shaft at the remount ranch located near Buford, Wyoming.
Last summer, investigators recovered his remains in an abandoned mine on the ranch.
A .22 caliber bullet was found inside his skull.
Judge Sharpe announced to the courtroom that he expects the trial to last about eight days.
Uden's attorneys are preparing to argue she acted in self-defense.
She faces a life sentence if found guilty.

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