JEFFERSON CITY — A central Missouri teenager charged with killing her 9-year-old neighbor wants to continue her education while awaiting trial.
Sixteen-year-old Alyssa Bustamante is being charged as an adult with first-degree murder in last October's killing of Elizabeth Olten, whose body was found in a wooded area just west of Jefferson City.
Bustamante has pleaded not guilty and is in jail without bond. She had been a high school sophomore.
The defense has filed a motion asking a judge to let Bustamante continue her high school education through a distance learning program. The motion requests that the Cole County Sheriff's Office pay the costs.
Defense lawyers have asked a Cole County judge to consider their request during a hearing next week.