Bustamante indicted for 1st degree murder
Wed, 18 Nov 2009 17:52:20 GMT —
Update: 12:11 p.m.
A grand jury handed down a two count indictment to Alyssa Bustamante, the first on first degree murder charges for the murder of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten and the second count on armed criminal action.
Court documents said that Bustamante allegedly strangled, stabbed and cut Olten TMs throat on Oct. 21 -- the day Elizabeth went missing.
She also is charged with armed criminal action for using a knife in the attack.
The charges in adult court were filed just hours after Bustamante had been certified to stand trial as an adult. She's being held in the Cole County jail with no bond.
Bustamante TMs court appointed attorney Kurt Valentine argued, during the certification hearing, that certifying Bustamante as an adult will put her in harm TMs way. She would be in an adult prison where she will not be able to protect herself from other inmates and herself.
During the certification hearing, people testified that Bustamante has a history of mental illness. She attempted suicide in September 2007. While Bustamante was in custody, she tried to cut herself with her fingernails. Authorities had to cut her fingernails for her in order to make her stop.
Valentine has been released as her counsel as she is moved into adult court.
Updated: 11:52 a.m.
After a Cole County judge certified the 15-year-old suspected of murdering 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten, the courts scheduled an adult arraignment for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18.
Alyssa Bustamante was immediately arrested on an adult charge of first-degree murder following the judge's ruling.
Sources said that a grand jury has convened to decide on whether to indict Alyssa Bustamante on first degree murder.
The arraignment is expected to be short as the charges are formally read by the grand jury to Bustamante. Bustamante will then be asked how she pleas.