Monthly Archives: December 2009

Alyssa Bustamante Plea

Yesterday Alyssa Bustamante was back in court in Cole County Missouri and in a procedure that lasted less than a couple of minutes her lawyer appointed by the court entered a plea of not guilty for the 15 year old teenager. Just last month Alyssa Bustamante was in court and was certified to stand trial as an adult. Standing trial as an adult could mean the 15 year old could get life without parole for the premeditated murder of 9 year old Elizabeth Olten. Elizabeth Olten disappeared after supposedly leaving the home of a playmate on October 19, and her body was found buried in the woods 2 days later after Alyssa Bustamante allegedly confessed to killing Elizabeth and leading police to where the teen had buried her.

Alyssa Bustamante has confessed to planning and murdering a playmate of her cousin’s “just to see what it is like to kill”. Alyssa Bustamante used the day off of school on the Friday before the murder to go into the woods and dig two holes in the ground. Some question whether Alyssa Bustamante intended to kill not one but two people that day. Alyssa Bustamante allegedly made notes or diary entries showing her plan to kill Elizabeth Olten in the days before she carried out her plan of strangling, stabbing and cutting the nine year olds throat and then burying her body in the woods.

Now the teen is represented by a court appointed attorney and the courts are discussing whether to move Alyssa Bustamante’s trial out of Cole County as they feel she cannot get a fair trial there. Alyssa Bustamante like many teens had a social network life and CBS Crimesider has posted pictures of Alyssa Bustamante that one graced the internet. In addition it was previously reported that Alyssa Bustamante had been receiving treatment for depression and had been inpatient at a Missouri hospital.