Peru Sets Murder Trial Date for Van der Sloot

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Lima, Peru (AP) - A Peruvian judge has set Jan. 6 as the trial date for Joran van der Sloot in the killing of a Peruvian woman five years to the day after U.S. student Natalee Holloway disappeared.

The 24-year-old Van der Sloot remains the prime suspect in Holloway's 2005 disappearance on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

Peruvian prosecutors are seeking 30 years in prison for the Dutchman on first-degree murder charges in the killing of Stephany Flores.

Van der Sloot met the 21-year-old Lima student in a casino and took him to his hotel room.

He confessed to the killing but says he became enraged upon finding Flores reading about the Holloway case on his laptop. Flores' family and prosecutors contend he planned the killing in order to rob the young woman.


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