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Nebraska jury finds Missouri man guilty of murder

ST. PAUL, Neb. (AP) — Jurors have found a Missouri man guilty of killing a woman in Nebraska more than 20 years ago.

A Howard County jury on Friday found 46-year-old John Oldson, of Randolph, Mo., guilty of second-degree murder. He was charged with killing Catherine Beard, a 31-year-old waitress from Ord. She disappeared in 1989. Her remains were found outside Ord in 1992.

Oldson, who used to live in Ord, was interviewed in 1989 but not arrested. He was arrested a year ago in Missouri. Authorities say new evidence and witnesses led to his arrest.

The trial was moved from Valley County to Howard County after the defense requested the change based on pretrial publicity and questionnaires to possible members of a jury.

Oldson is scheduled to be sentenced in April.


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