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A young Missouri woman who confessed to killing a 9 year old neighbor girl, when she herself was a juvenile, wants a judge to set aside her guilty plea. Alyssa Bustamante was 15 year old in the 2009 when Elizabeth Olten was killed.
The Missouri teen had pleaded guilty in 2012 to second degree murder and given a life sentence with the chance for parole. A first-degree murder conviction would have meant a mandatory life sentence without parole.
The U.S. Supreme Court later ruled that juveniles can't face mandatory life sentences, so Bustamante wants to change her plea. She's expected to tell a judge Thursday that she wouldn't have pleaded guilty without the threat of mandatory life imprisonment.
The University of Missouri will hire outside, independent legal counsel to investigate the school's handling of matters related to former Mizzou student Sasha Menu Courey. The swimmer committed suicide in 2011, 16 months after claiming she'd been raped by members of the Missouri football team.
The University of Missouri Board of Curators voted Wednesday night to approve the recommendation of University President Tim Wolfe, to hire an independent investigator. The board has not yet chosen a firm, but stipulated that it must have independence from the university.
The board wants the inquiry completed in time for the board's next meeting in Rolla on April 11th.
An iconic structure in Forest Park will be closed for awhile.
The Boat House Restaurant caught fire Wednesday evening. St. Louis firefighters arrived to find smoke pouring from the building.
Dave Sutter of the St. Louis Fire Department says the one alarm fire was located in the roof of the building. Fire officials say it may have started near the fire place which had been burning since 10:00 a.m.
No patrons were in the Forest Park eatery when the fire broke out, and the ten employees inside all made it out safely.
The roof was seriously damaged, but its believe the building can be repaired.