Bustamante's defense prepares for murder trial
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 21:22:55 GMT —
Defense attorneys for teenage murder suspect Alyssa Bustamante released more information Friday about their preparations for trial.Bustamante, 17, is charged with 1st degree murder in the stabbing and strangulation death of her 9-year-old neighbor Elizabeth Olten.Bustamante's defense team has disclosed to the prosecution its list of witnesses who could be called to testify during the trial. Public Defender Donald Catlett said the list could be added to and declined to say how many witnesses are on the list.To view a copy of the defense's court filing, click HERE .The defense team also told prosecutors it has 11 extra pieces of evidence that could include books, papers, photographs and other objects that could be introduced at trial.This is evidence that was not included in the prosecution's discovery. The defense team has invited to prosecution to inspect, test, copy or photograph the evidence.
Depositions are scheduled March 16th in the case. The prosecution has asked Highway Patrol Investigator David Rice and Tobie Meyer of the Prenger Family Center in Jefferson City to testify. Bustamante spent time at the Prenger Center in the fall of 2009 after she was arrested for murder.The trial is scheduled for June in Cole County with a jury being brought in from Springfield. Read how events unfolded from when Elizabeth went missing to when police found her body .