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Diary entries add complications to Oldson case
The trial continues for John Oldson the man charged with first degree murder in the death of Catherine Beard. Judge Noakes will rule whether a diary pinning the murder on someone else can be used by the defense.
But News 5's Katie Gauthier reports from Howard County on a different journal that was presented as evidence.
Two diaries are wrapped around the Oldson case. One being a journal Oldson kept while in jail before Cathy's remains were found.
While incarcerated in 1989 in Valley county John Oldson kept a journal over 200 pages long.
Excerpts of his writings were shown in court on Tuesday. The notes were dated before Cathy's remains were found.
Oldson wrote, quote, "I really have no idea what to do or where to go.
My first priority is to get rid of something ASAP. That is if I can still
find them. It's the only link left between me and (deleted)."
Oldson also wrote a passage referring to then Valley County County Attorney Greg Jensen saying he will never find anything no matter how hard he looks because there's nothing to find.
Oldson was held at the Clay County detention center when he was arrested January 2012 in Missouri.
They played recorded conversations between Oldson and his mother and wife. He says he was trying to make moves on Cathy and, quote, "she said, 'no I don't like you in that way. No, no.' And I pulled her and she got away."
Oldson continues by saying, "I was upset, I was angry and I left and went home."
He adds Cathy may have brushed the side of the pickup truck and hit her head.
In an interview in 1992 with the Grand Island Independent, Oldson told the reporter alcohol played a role in his pursuit of Cathy saying quote, "I reached the bottom of the barrel what the (blank), we'll
try with Cathy. But she wouldn't have anything to do with me."
On Tuesday the State rested their case.
"The prosecution wrapped up their witnesses Tuesday afternoon. The defense will begin witness testimony Wednesday.
News 5 will continue to follow the trial.
Also Tuesday, the judge overruled a motion by the defense to dismiss the felony murder charges.
Forensic Pathologist Dr. Matthias Okoye examined Cathy's remains in 1992. He ruled Cathy's death a homicide and says the cause of death was blunt force trauma of the head and torso.
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