The judge, the prosecution and the defense remained behind closed doors today at 1:30 when a status hearing was to begin for Alyssa Bustamante, 16, who is charged as an adult in the slaying of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten.
Bustamante, who was 15 at the time, is currently being held without bond in Morgan County, under the supervision of the Morgan County sheriff, who is working in tandem with Cole County Sheriff Greg White. Bustamante has pleaded not guilty to the stabbing death of Olten in October 2009.
After nearly 20 minutes in the judge’s chamber, the attorneys emerged and the hearing began. At issue, again, was whether Bustamante should be allowed to finish high school while she’s incarcerated.