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Uden arrives in county; bond denied by judge

Uden arrives in county; bond denied by judge

Oct 8, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

The man accused of killing his ex-wife and his adopted children near Pavillion 33 years ago is being held without bail in the Fremont County Detention Center ahead of his Oct. 16 preliminary hearing.

Gerald Uden was extradited from Missouri over the weekend.

Uden, 71, of Chadwick, Mo., arrived at the county jail on Saturday after a private transportation company brought him from Missouri in an automobile.

Circuit Court Judge Wesley Roberts read Uden the charges against him at an initial appearance in Wyoming's 9th Judicial District Circuit Court in Riverton on Monday.

Roberts denied bond for Uden.

Three murder counts

The defendant faces three counts of first-degree murder alleging he killed Virginia Uden, 32 at the time, of Riverton, and her sons Reagan, 10, and Richard, 11, on Sept. 12, 1980.

In an odd twist, Gerald Uden's current wife also is accused of killing her ex-husband in Laramie County and faces a first-degree murder charge. Law enforcement in Missouri arrested her Sept. 26.

Authorities arrested Gerald Uden on Sept. 27 in Chadwick, Mo., after the Fremont County Attorney's Office filed charges. An affidavit in the case stated that Uden admitted to the crimes that same day.

Gerald Uden told investigators that on Sept. 12, 1980, he picked up Virginia Uden and the boys from 123 Williams Road near Pavillion, according to court documents. They drove a short distance before all four got out, according to an affidavit in the case.

Gerald Uden confessed that he shot and killed his ex-wife with a .22-caliber rifle before turning the gun on Reagan and Richard.

Gerald Uden told investigators that he concealed the bodies afterward. He also said he had planned the murders, even asking Virginia Uden to bring the rifle to go bird hunting.

Gerald and Alice Uden were married at the time Virginia Uden and her sons disappeared.

Wife charged

The arrest of Alice Uden came one month after law enforcement found the body of her ex-husband, Ronald Holtz, and six years after a witness showed authorities where it was.

In 1989, a witness told police that in 1975 or 1976 Uden said she shot her ex-husband with a .22-caliber rifle in the back of the head while he slept, according to an affidavit from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

Uden said she wrapped Holtz in blankets, placed his body in a cardboard barrel and dumped the body in an abandoned gold mine shaft on the Remont Ranch in Laramie County, the witness said.

Authorities have not commented whether the murders were related, but Alice and Gerald Uden were married at the time Virginia Uden and her sons disappeared.

Alice Uden had not been extradited to Laramie County by Tuesday afternoon.


Oct. 16: Uden waives preliminary hearing; he'll be bound over for murder

Oct. 13: Past sheriff King spent years on Uden case

Oct. 10: Original Uden probe used psychics, past sheriff recalls

Oct. 6: With Uden case cracked, past sheriffs recall years of worry

Oct. 2: Suspects lived 'untouchable' in Missouri

Oct. 1: Uden case solved after 33 years; man arrested in Missouri

Opinion: Cold cases -- Three of them have 'warmed up' virtually at the same time

Letters: Break in the Uden case is 'nothing short of incredible'

Obituary: Claire 'Peg' C. Martin

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