Trial Beginning In Decades-Old Murder Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The trial of a Missouri man charged with killing a woman in Nebraska more than 20 years ago is scheduled to begin this week.

Forty-six-year-old John Oldson, of Randolph, Mo., is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Catherine Beard, a 31-year-old waitress from Ord. She disappeared in 1989. Her remains were found outside Ord in 1992.

Oldson, who used to live in Ord, was interviewed in 1989 but not arrested. He was arrested a year ago in Missouri. Authorities say new evidence and witnesses led to his arrest.

The trial was moved from Valley County to Howard County after the defense requested the change based on pretrial publicity and questionnaires to possible members of a jury. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday.


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