Criminal Attorney Missouri couple faces extradition for 33 year old murders

Published on October 2nd, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman

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Missouri couple faces extradition for 33 year old murders

Gerald Uden, 71, and Alice Louise Uden, 74, were quietly living out their senior years in the rural Ozarks near Springfield, Mo. and now they face extradition to Wyoming. They must answer allegations authorities say have gone unpunished for more than 33 years.

Prosecutors say Alice Louise Uden shot her ex-husband in the back of his head as he slept and dumped his body in an abandoned gold mine on a ranch in the southeast Wyoming high country.

Five years later, her then-future husband Gerald Uden allegedly shot his ex-wife on an outing to hunt birds in the farm-and-ranch country of central Wyoming, prosecutors said. He then shot her two kids and hid the three bodies, according to authorities.

What role their own relationship may have played in the slayings remains murky. Court documents have yet to hint at motives or indicate at what point Alice and Gerald caught each other’s eye and authorities are tight-lipped about details of their investigations.

Gerald Uden is accused of killing 32-year-old Virginia Uden, and her two children, Richard Uden, 12, and Reagan Uden, 10. He was arrested Friday and charged with three counts of first-degree murder, according to the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

Virginia Uden and her children were last seen in Fremont County in central Wyoming in 1980.

According to an affidavit, Gerald Uden confessed to an investigator at his home Friday that he’d shot Virginia Uden and her two children with a .22-caliber rifle that Virginia Uden had brought so they could all go bird hunting.

Uden allegedly said he’d picked up the three on Sept. 13, 1980, and drove them to an area near Pavillion in Fremont County. All four got out of the car and Uden shot his ex-wife, then both boys, according to the affidavit.

He then allegedly proceeded to conceal the bodies.

Alice Uden is accused of killing her ex-husband, Ronald Holtz, 25, who disappeared in 1974 or 1975. She was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of first-degree murder.

Holtz’s remains recently were found in an abandoned mine in Laramie County in southeast Wyoming.

Alice Uden and Ronald Holtz married on Sept. 17, 1974. Alice Uden filed for divorce on Feb. 5, 1975, and the divorce was granted because Holtz was never located to be served with divorce papers, according to the affidavit.

In 2007, the witness allegedly showed investigators where to find the mine where Alice Uden said she’d dumped Holtz’s body. An excavation in August uncovered human remains 40 feet down the mine shaft and DNA testing showed they were Holtz’s, the affidavit states.

Holtz had been shot in the head.

Neither Gerald nor Alice Uden had an attorney. Messages left Monday with the Christian County Sheriff’s Department seeking interviews with them were not returned.

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Source: huffingtonpost.com “Missouri couple faces extradition for 33 year old murders,” October 2, 2013.

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