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Jury selection begins for Ord murder trial
Monday was the first day of trial for John Oldson, the man accused of killing an Ord woman decades ago. Oldson is being charged with first degree murder in the death of 31 year old Catherine Beard.
Jury selection begins for the murder mystery case surrounding the death of Catherine Beard who was last seen at a tavern in Ord.
Her remains were found years later in a field.
It was a foggy day in Howard County, which fits this murder case surrounded by questions on the first day of trial.
During jury questioning, Oldson's defense attorney Sara Newell said, everyone wants justice for Cathy, but convicting the wrong person isn't justice either, so that's why we're here.
Meanwhile, Assistant Attorney General, Corey O'Brien asked the jury candidates a string of questions, and said they should not bring bias but common sense to the case.
They cut the number from 80 to 36 by Monday afternoon and will be picking the 12 jurors and two alternates.
What were some of the questions they were asking the candidates?
The questions ranged from family details, including how many children each juror had.
And Oldson's attorney asked whether candidates will have a problem if Oldson doesn't testify during trial.
You may remember the trial was moved from Valley County to Howard County because of pretrial publicity.
It is expected to be a two week jury trial.
They are hoping to have witnesses take the stand starting Tuesday.
We will continue our coverage of the trial in the coming weeks.
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