A convicted murderer who was living in Christian County at the time of her arrest has died.
Alice Uden, 80, died from chronic health issues at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on June 12, reports the Wyoming Tribune Eagle of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Uden had been serving a life sentence for second degree murder at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington, Wyoming.
Alice Uden was arrested along with her husband, Gerald Uden, 71, at their Chadwick home in late September 2013 on first-degree murder charges in the more than 30-year-old deaths of four family members.
Alice Uden killed her husband, Ronald Holtz, who had been missing since Christmas of 1974. According to Associated Press reports, Uden’s defense attorney said she shot her husband in self-defense, trying to protect her 2-year-old daughter, Erica Hayes.
Holtz’s skeletal remains was discovered in an abandoned mine shaft in rural Laramie County, Wyoming, in the summer of 2013.
Uden stood trial in May 2014.
Wyoming Department of Corrections records show that Gerald Uden, 76, is serving a life sentence for first degree murder at the Torrington prison. Gerald Uden pleaded guilty to killing his ex-wife and her two children in central Wyoming in 1980 in a separate case.
According to an Associated Press piece, Alice Uden met Holtz while working as a nurse at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Sheridan, Wyoming, where Holtz was a patient. Alice Uden reportedly shot Holtz, who died at 25, with a .22-caliber rifle as he slept.
In a face-to-face interview in June 2014, Hayes told the Headliner News that it was self-defense.
“My mother told me ‘you were crying and he was going to kill you and I blew his head off,’” Hayes said. “I loved them. I don’t care what they did. They protected me and gave me a nice life. I never wanted for anything.”
Hayes said after the arrest of her mom and step-father, she and her two children, a son and a daughter, moved from the St. Louis area back to Chadwick.
In Wyoming’s Fremont County Court Nov. 1, 2013, Gerald Uden admitted to shooting his ex-wife, 32-year-old Virginia Uden, and two children, Richard, 12, and Reagan, 10, in 1980 and disposing their bodies in an abandoned mine in the mountains. He later retrieved the bodies, placed them in barrels and dropped them in Fremont Lake.
In 2014, Hayes told the Headliner News that Gerald Uden has found peace. But she worried about her mother, who was also battling cancer.
“I deserve the right to be with my mother when she goes,” Hayes said. “I’ve put in the work. I’ve been the good daughter... someone should hold her hand. They’re not going to give her back to me. She’s going to die alone.”