- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A judge in Cheyenne has again postponed the trial for a woman accused of killing her husband and dumping his body in a mine in southeast Wyoming in the mid-1970s.

The attorney for Alice Uden, 74, of Chadwick, Mo., said in a recent court filing he needs more time to prepare her defense. Judge Steven Sharpe granted the request from Donald Miller and rescheduled from March 4 to April 29.

Earlier, Sharpe pushed back the date for the jury trial after Miller said he needed more time and had another trial scheduled on the original trial date, Feb. 3.

Uden has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. She allegedly told an informant she shot 25-year-old Ronald Holtz in the head with a rifle as he slept in late 1974 or early 1975, according to the affidavit in the case.

Last summer, investigators dug up Holtz’s remains from an abandoned mine on the Remount Ranch between Cheyenne and Laramie. His skull had a .22-caliber bullet in it, investigators say.

Authorities arrested Uden and her current husband in Missouri in September. They’re accused in two separate murder cases that remain unlinked by investigators.

In November, Gerald Uden, 71, pleaded guilty to killing his ex-wife and her two children in central Wyoming in 1980.

Gerald Uden told a Fremont County courtroom he shot Virginia Uden, 32, and her two sons, Richard Uden, 11, and Reagan Uden, 10, with a rifle after they’d stopped through the area on a visit.

He said he put their bodies first in a mine, then went back and got them and sunk them in Fremont Lake near Pinedale. The 600-foot-deep lake is among the deepest in the U.S.

Investigators say they briefly searched the lake for the bodies last fall and plan to resume searching after ice clears from the lake this spring.

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