Missouri teen murder suspect asks court for school help

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | 11:46 a.m. CDT; updated 10:38 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 5, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — A Cole County judge will hear a central Missouri teenager's request to take high school distance learning courses while she awaits trial in the death of her 9-year-old neighbor.

Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce will consider the request by Alyssa Bustamante's attorney at a Wednesday hearing. The 16-year-old defendant is not expected to attend.

Bustamante is charged as an adult with first-degree murder in last October's killing of Elizabeth Olten, whose body was found just west of Jefferson City.

The defense also wants Joyce to allow Bustamante to wear regular clothes and to not be shackled during trial.

Bustamante has pleaded not guilty and is in jail without bond. She was a high school sophomore when she was arrested.


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