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DNA test sought on knife in 9-year-old's death

DNA test sought on knife in 9-year-old's death

August 31st, 2010 in News

Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson wants Circuit Judge Pat Joyce to approve some DNA testing in the Alyssa Bustamante case, even though the Missouri Highway Patrol said its testing would use up the only samples available.

Bustamante, now 16, faces adult charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action for last October's killing of Elizabeth Olten, 9, a neighbor.

In an Aug. 12 motion just released by the court Monday, Richardson listed three items for DNA testing: a knife blade, a knife handle and jeans.

And the prosecutor wants Joyce to reject Bustamante's public defenders' request to be present as the Patrol criminalists test the samples.

According to the court's online records, Joyce has not ruled on Richardson's motion or the defense request to be present during the testing.

Bustamante's attorneys said Monday that they could not say whether the evidence was taken from their client.

Bustamante has pleaded not guilty. Her trial is set for next May 16, with a jury imported from Greene County to hear the case.