An attorney for a teen accused of murdering her nine year-old neighbor is seeking a change of venue for her trial.

Jefferson City, Mo. (WiredPRNews.com) – An attorney for a Missouri teen accused of murdering her nine year-old neighbor is requesting that his client’s trial be moved out of her home county. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), public defender Jan King requested a change of venue this week, citing 15 year-old Alyssa Bustamante would not be able to receive a fair trial in Cole County due to resident bias.

King is quoted as writing in his motion, “The inhabitants of this county are so prejudiced against the defendant that a fair trial cannot be had in this county.”

Bustamante has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the death of Elizabeth Olten, who was found with her throat cut in October. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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