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Bustamante lawyers seek new jail for teen

By The Associated Press
June 15, 2011 | 9:06 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Lawyers for a mid-Missouri teenager charged with killing a young neighbor want the teen moved from the Morgan County jail.

Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Bustamante has been scheduled for trial Sept. 13 on a charge of murdering 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten in rural Cole County. She has pleaded not guilty.

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Bustamante was 15 when she was charged as an adult with murder in the October 2009 killing. She and Elizabeth lived a few houses apart in a small town west of Jefferson City.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reported that public defenders Donald Catlett and Charles Moreland filed a motion Monday, seeking a hearing to have Bustamante moved for "testing."

It was unclear what type of testing they were seeking.