By Nina Harrelson, Weekend News Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
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
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.