Cold-Case Murder Trial Moved

John Oldson

A cold-case murder trial has been moved from Valley County to Howard County.

John Oldson, 46, of Randolph, Mo., is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Catherine Beard, 31, of Ord.

Beard was killed over 20 years ago. She disappeared in 1989, and her remains were found outside Ord in 1992.

The defense was worried about the publicity the trial was already receiving before the trial began and requested to move to a new county after receiving responses to pre-trial questionnaires handed out to possible members of the jury.

A judge approved the move on Wednesday and sent the trial from Valley County to Howard County.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys will now send surveys to potential jury members in Howard County. A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 18.

Oldson was arrested last January in Missouri. Authorities say new evidence and witnesses led to his arrest.