Alice Uden trial begins in Cheyenne; daughter talks

May 2, 2014 By Mead Gruver, The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- An elderly Missouri woman's daughter is testifying at her mother's first-degree murder trial in Wyoming in a case that goes back almost 40 years.

The trial for Alice Uden, of Chadwick, Mo., resumed Friday in Cheyenne.

Prosecutors allege that Uden shot husband Ronald Holtz as he slept in southeast Wyoming in the mid-1970s. Uden's attorneys say Uden killed the 25-year-old Vietnam veteran in self-defense.

Theresa Twyford, of Naples, Ill., testified Thursday that her mother told her Holtz was abusive.

Authorities arrested 75-year-old Uden and her current husband, 71-year-old Gerald Uden, in Missouri last fall. Gerald Uden since then has pleaded guilty to killing his ex-wife and her two children in central Wyoming in 1980. He has begun serving a life sentence.

Investigators haven't linked the two cases.

In opening statements Thursday, Uden's attorney said she acted in a desperate effort to protect herself and her 2-year-old daughter from a habitually violent man.

Prosecutors argued Alice Uden shot Ronald Holtz, 25, with a .22-caliber rifle in the back of his head while he slept -- a "calculated and malicious" act.

After the shooting, Uden "just moved on -- no remorse," prosecutor Leigh Anne Manlove told the just-seated jury of eight women and six men.

Uden, now 75, sat placidly in a wheelchair throughout the proceedings. She wore a maroon suit and white blouse. She had short, white hair and wire glasses.

Alice Uden's attorneys have asked Sharpe not to allow jurors to hear anything about Gerald Uden's case.

Sharpe has declined to rule on the request unless prosecutors seek to introduce information about Gerald Uden at trial, which didn't happen Thursday.

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