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Attorneys: Bustamante's rights violated

Attorneys: Bustamante's rights violated

March 19th, 2011 in News

Alyssa Bustamante's lawyers want Presiding Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce to prevent prosecutors from using "any and all statements" Bustamante made to "law enforcement officials, that prosecutors intend to use at her trial."

Bustamante is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Oct. 21, 2009, killing of Elizabeth Olten, 9 - her neighbor along Lomo Drive (Route D) south of U.S. 50 in St. Martins.

Public Defenders Donald Catlett and Charles Moreland filed a three-page motion Wednesday to suppress statements Bustamante made to lawmen during the 2009 investigation. Joyce said after a closed hearing that she's taken the issue "under advisement."

Wednesday's hearing was closed to the public, including reporters. The court released a copy of the motion Friday.