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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  • by Glenn on Nov 26, 2011 at 04:50 PM
    Peru not only bans the death penalty, which means that there are no mistakes putting to death an innocent person, but they also provide access to health care for all of it's citizens. They don't make the immoral decision to deny health care to their citizens based on their net worth. Unfortunately, the U.S. is one of the only nations on the planet that have that immoral and inhumane policy.
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      by Shannon on Nov 26, 2011 at 06:10 PM in reply to Glenn
      The majority believes in the death penalty. If they're convicted by a jury of their peers and there is evidence, that's close enough for me. Justice isn't justice if murderers don't die for their crimes.
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        by Glenn on Nov 27, 2011 at 12:47 PM in reply to Shannon
        Shannon, at one time a majority in the U.S. believed slavery was OK. That doesn't make it right. Justice is having Joran suffer in a Peruvian jail rather than getting the easy way out. I've been to Peru almost a dozen times so I know a little about the country. How many times have you visited?
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        by Steve Not in Marietta on Nov 27, 2011 at 04:49 PM in reply to Shannon
        Shannon, please pay no attention to the man behind that curtain! He cannot be reasoned with anymore. Been on that koolaid way too long. Way too long! Thanx.
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      by Steve Not in Marietta on Nov 26, 2011 at 09:34 PM in reply to Glenn
      Yes Glenn, you and Albert Gore...The smartest folks in the entire universe! Remember they unearth remains every other week of ritual sacrifice of children down in Peru. And there's that little thingee with that border dispute with Equador that's been going on for forty years. You and Albert Gore are both clowns, if you think: "...They don't make the immoral decision to deny health care to their citizens based on their net worth." You were just testing me, to see if I would call you out. Well here it is, Bozo! Not even illegal immigrants are denied healthcare in the United States of America. That includes those whom have committed crimes and are in our prison systems. You and Jane Fonda can go down to Peru, and give me a shout-out when you get injured or need medical treatment, let me know how that works out for you buddy! You want to see inhumane? Look at that rice rocket in your driveway! Punks make my skin crawl! Thanx.
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        by Glenn on Nov 27, 2011 at 12:52 PM in reply to Steve Not in Marietta
        Steve, thanks for the compliment. Today's Peru is far from perfect but at least they, along with most nations on the planet, have fundamental health care. If we had it here in the U.S. then the costs would be spread out rather than only burdened on the 30-40% who pay for health care. My daughter went to Peru for surgery. They have good doctors too. Before you stereotype the rest of the world I suggest study up or visit other countries and get to know the culture. As for Jane Fonda, she's admitted she made her mistake 45 years ago. She's since become a Christian and is a different person. As Glen Campbell once said, "Try a little Kindness".
  • by please on Nov 26, 2011 at 06:15 AM
    just tell what you did to Natalie, you aren't going anywhere for quite some time.
  • by anon Location: wakula on Nov 26, 2011 at 04:55 AM
    They will show us how to carry out the penalty death penalty .
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      by lee on Nov 26, 2011 at 06:25 AM in reply to anon
      They need to send him up here & let me take him gator trolling one night. End of story.
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      by jes on Nov 26, 2011 at 12:26 PM in reply to anon
      they are more civilzed there. they don't have the death penalty. Iran, China, Iraq, saudi arabia and the US have the death penalty. We are in good company!
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        by Larry on Nov 26, 2011 at 04:58 PM in reply to jes
        Yes, plus, Iran, China, and Saudi Arabia don't make up false intelligence in order to invade sovereign nations. George Bush, Don Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and Paul Wolfowitz should be tried for war crimes in The Hague.
  • by Rita Location: Leon Co on Nov 26, 2011 at 04:12 AM
    A 30yr prison sentence for first-degree murder of a Peruvian woman...ugh, I need a drink.
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      by anonymous on Nov 26, 2011 at 03:13 PM in reply to Rita
      I'll second that.
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