UPDATE: Hearing set for teen accused of killing Missouri girl

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 | 2:00 p.m. CDT; updated 4:52 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 27, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY —A hearing scheduled Wednesday for the mid-Missouri teen accused of killing 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten will be closed to the public.

Judge Jon Beetem decided to close the hearing, which is being held to determine if the 15-year-old suspect should continue to be detained.

Michael Couty, Cole County juvenile court administrator, said Tuesday the 15-year-old would appear by videoconference.

Another hearing is scheduled for Nov. 18 to determine whether the teen should be tried as an adult.

Police have not released the suspect's name or gender but say Elizabeth and the 15-year-old lived in the same area and were acquainted. Hundreds of people searched a woody area in St. Martins after Elizabeth did not return home from a friend's house. Her body was discovered Friday.


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