Murder Trial Delayed Until June for Missouri Teen
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- A Missouri judge has closed some court hearings and pushed back the trial for a 17-year-old girl accused of killing a 9-year-old neighbor.
Alyssa Bustamante had been scheduled to go on trial May 16 on a charge of first-degree murder. She was 15 when she was charged as an adult with killing Elizabeth Olten in October 2009 in St. Martins, just outside Jefferson City. Cole County Judge Patricia Joyce has now scheduled jury selection to begin June 1. The judge also ordered Friday that hearings on possible evidence will be open only to people with what she called "a right to be present," although that phrase was not defined. Joyce also barred recording or photographing the evidence hearings. A hearing for a motion to suppress evidence is scheduled March 16.