Mo. teen pleads guilty to killing 9-year-old girl

By DAVID LIEB | January 10, 2012 | 10:30 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri teenager who told authorities that she strangled, cut and stabbed a 9-year-old neighbor because she wanted to know what it felt like has pleaded guilty in the girl's death.

Alyssa Bustamante pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday in the October 2009 killing of Elizabeth Olten in a rural town just west of Jefferson City.

A state Highway Patrol officer testified that Bustamante confessed to strangling Elizabeth, cutting her throat and stabbing her because she wanted to know how it felt. Authorities say Bustamante led them to the girl's body in the woods near her home.

Bustamante was charged as an adult with first-degree murder and had been scheduled to be tried as an adult later this month.