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Oldson to Ask for New Trial in Court Hearing

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A Missouri man convicted in a 24–year–old cold case murder in Howard County, Neb., is asking for a new trial.

John Oldson, 47, formerly of Ord, Neb., was set to be sentenced Tuesday for the 1989 murder of 30–year–old Cathy Beard, but his lawyers say they now have new evidence and a key witness that could prove Oldson's innocence.

He was convicted last month of abducting Beard from the Someplace Else Tavern in Ord, murdering her and dumping her body in a field outside of town. Her remains were found three years later.

Prosecutors say there's no forensic evidence linking Oldson to the crime, but a jury convicted him anyway.

He faces 20 years to life in prison.

The motion for a new trial is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday in Howard County District Court.

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