Statement blocked in murder case against teen who killed neighbor

Statement blocked in murder case against teen who killed neighbor

Statement blocked in murder case against teen who killed neighbor

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Posted on June 22, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 22 at 12:41 PM

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri judge has blocked prosecutors from using part of a teenager's statement to police in her trial for the slaying of a 9-year-old neighbor girl.

   In a decision released Wednesday, Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce said a juvenile officer wrongly participated in a state Highway Patrol interview of Alyssa Bustamante. The judge said the officer "used deceptive tactics" while encouraging the teenager to tell the truth about the death of Elizabeth Olten in October 2009.
 
   The patrol officer testified that Bustamante confessed to the slaying and led authorities to Elizabeth's body in the woods west of Jefferson City.
 
   Bustamante, who was 15 at the time of Elizabeth's death, is charged as an adult with first-degree murder. She has pleaded not guilty. Her trial is scheduled for Sept. 13.
 
   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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