The conclusion to a Door County cold case decades in the making could come as soon as May. The pre-trial conference and jury selection for the Richard G. Pierce murder proceedings wrapped up on Thursday. Jury selection took two days to complete while the pre-trial conference covered the projected length of the trial, COVID-19 procedures, and a request to have all sidebars with presiding Judge David Weber put on the record. A status conference will take place on April 4th before the jury trial begins on April 19th. It is scheduled to run until May 13th. Pierce is charged with the murder of his wife, Carol Jean, who disappeared in early September 1975, and her body has been missing ever since. The case against Pierce began in late 2018, and he entered a not guilty plea in April 2019.