Thursday, 30 January 2014 14:22 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri woman who as a teenager wrote that killing a young neighbor girl was an "ahmazing" thrill is now asking a judge to overturn her guilty plea.
Alyssa Bustamante testified in court Thursday that she wouldn't have pleaded guilty to the 2009 slaying of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten if she'd known about a pending U.S. Supreme Court case involving juvenile murder defendants.
Bustamante had been facing a first-degree murder charge punishable by life without parole. She pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in January 2012 and was sentenced to life with the chance of parole.
The Supreme Court later ruled that mandatory life prison sentences for juveniles were unconstitutional.
Bustamante's new attorney is citing that case as a reason to undo the plea agreement.
Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:44 Published in Local News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Special Olympics Missouri is raising funds as it considers moving its headquarters and athletic training facility to a new site in Columbia.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports if the project is successful, the Training for Life Campus would be the first statewide athletic training campus for people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics Missouri has not made a decision but is considering building at the Central Missouri Events Center at the Boone County fairground. It also would move its headquarters from Jefferson City.
The Missouri Development Finance Board approved a tax-incentive program that will allow donors to use $1.75 million in tax credits toward the project.
The capital campaign's goal is $12.5 million. Supporters envision a facility for year-round training and health screenings for about 17,000 athletes, coaches and volunteers.
Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:00 Published in Local News
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - An Illinois man has been charged in connection with a shooting that injured two people at a concert in Cape Girardeau.
The Southeast Missourian reports 22-year-old Deontae L. Petty of Bellwood, Ill., was charged Wednesday with first-degree assault and armed criminal action after the shooting Saturday at the Arena.
A probable cause statement from Cape Girardeau police says witnesses identified Petty as the man who was escorted out of the building by security but returned shortly afterward and fired into the crowd attending the Rich Homie Quan concert.
A 29-year-old man was shot in the chest and a 20-year-old man told police he was shot in the leg. It was unclear how serious their injuries were.
Online court records don't list a lawyer for Petty.