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UPDATE: Missouri teen murder suspect to wear own clothes during trial

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | 1:16 p.m. CDT; updated 10:33 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 5, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — A Cole County judge has granted a central Missouri teenager's request to wear regular clothes instead of her jail uniform when she goes to trial on charges of killing her 9-year-old neighbor.

Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce ruled Wednesday in favor of the request by 16-year-old Alyssa Bustamante's state-appointed attorneys. The judge did not rule on another defense request that Bustamante be allowed to take high school distance learning courses at public expense while awaiting trial.

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. She was a 15-year-old high school sophomore when she was arrested.

The teenager remains in jail without bond after pleading not guilty. She did not attend Wednesday's hearing.


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