Bustamante Lawyers Ask For Personal Belongings

7 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, December 02 2010 Dec 2, 2010 Thursday, December 02, 2010 6:34:13 PM CST December 02, 2010 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A review hearing regarding the Alyssa Bustamante case took place Thursday afternoon at the Cole County Courthouse.

Prosecutors have charged 16-year-old Alyssa Bustamante with the murder of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten in 2009.

Bustamante's lawyers were asking the state to relinquish some of the personal items it had taken from her at the time of her arrest.  The items included eight bags of clothes, a cosmetic bag, and personal notes written to her from her father.

The defense argued the items were not pertinent to the case.

The state disagreed.  It wants to keep Bustamante's items until it can examine all of them for evidence.

Judge Patricia Joyce said the state has 60 days to look over the items and make copies.  At the end of that time period, it has to hand them over.

Alyssa Bustamante was not at the hearing.

The next one is planned February 17.  Her jury trial is scheduled for May 2011.



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