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Ord murder suspect's case goes to trial
Monday was the first day of trial for the man accused of killing an Ord woman. John Oldson is being charged with first degree murder in the death of 46 year old Catherine Beard.
News 5's Katie Gauthier has been following the case closely since Oldson's arrest last January. She has a look back at some of the details surrounding the unusual case.
The small town of Ord is still puzzled by the death of 31 year old Catherine Beard.
May 31, 1989. Beard was at the Someplace Else Tavern, now called Southside Bar, where she worked part time as a waitress.
Years later her remains were found in a field outside of Ord in April 1992.
The case went cold for several years until May 2008 when newly appointed Valley County Sheriff Casey Hurlburt alongside then County Attorney Glen Clark, reopened the case.
Oldson was arrested last January in Missouri after Nebraska investigators discovered new evidence and new witnesses came forward.
During pretrial, witnesses took the stands recounting the grisly details of the case.
Witnesses say Oldson was drinking at the same bar that night with his father. And a former investigator said Oldson told him he was getting "touchy feely" in the alley behind the bar when Beard resisted and he says he saw her get into a black pickup truck.
A concrete mixing rod was found near Beard's remains and at the time Oldson was working on a masonry project.
But Oldson's defense team paints a stark contrast to the story. Especially, when they brought forward a diary pinning the murder on three others, graphically describing the captivity and death of Beard.
But prosecutors say the details don't match up.
The trial was moved from Valley County to Howard County citing pretrial publicity.
More information will be revealed about the murder mystery in the coming weeks.
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