Court denies accused Missouri teen killer's school bid

Court denies accused Missouri teen killer's school bid

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FILE - This Nov. 18, 2009 file photo provided by the Cole County Sheriff's Department shows Alyssa Bustamante. Bustamente, 15, pleaded not guilty Tuesday Dec. 8, 2009 in the stabbing, cutting and strangling of her neighbor, 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten in October. (AP Photo/Cole County Sheriff's Department, File)

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by The Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on September 27, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 28 at 9:27 AM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri appeals court has denied a request to let a teenager continue her education while waiting to be tried on charges of killing a 9-year-old girl.

The ruling last week by the Missouri Court of Appeals' Western District marked the third defeat on the schooling issue for 16-year-old Alyssa Bustamante.

Bustamante has pleaded not guilty to adult charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in last October's killing of Elizabeth Olten. The fourth-grader and Bustamante were neighbors in the small town of St. Martins, near Jefferson City.

Bustamante remains jailed. Her lawyers want a court to let her finish high school through a distance learning program.

Authorities say Bustamante confessed to police and led them to Elizabeth's body in a wooded area west of Jefferson City.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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