JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri judge has ordered a 15-year-old girl to stand trial as an adult for the slaying of a 9-year-old neighbor, whose disappearance last month touched off a two-day search.
Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled Wednesday that the slaying of Elizabeth Olton was vicious and the state had no adequate facilities or services to treat the teenage suspect if she were to remain in the juvenile court system.
The teen was immediately arrested on an adult charge of first-degree murder.
Authorities have not publicly identified the suspect, and her juvenile defense attorney identified her in court Wednesday only as Alyssa.
Authorities have said the suspect knew Elizabeth and was from the same area west of Jefferson City.