Joran van der Sloot confesses to murder of Stephany Flores

Posted on June 9, 2010

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Joran van der Sloot has confessed to snapping the neck of a Peruvian woman, enraged that she touched his computer without permission and found out he was suspected in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway’s in Aruba, NBC News and a Spanish-language newspaper are reporting. Van der Sloot, 22, confessed to the May 30 murder of Stephany Flores in the presence of a prosecutor and a lawyer, La Republica newspaper reported. A high-ranking government official later confirmed the confession to NBC.

“I did not want do it. The girl intruded into my private life,” Van der Sloot said, according to La Republica.

Van der Sloot was arrested Thursday, after being on the run for five days, and dragged back to Peru over the weekend. Police released video Saturday taken by security cameras at the hotel where van der Sloot had been staying since arriving from Colombia on May 14. It shows the two entering van der Sloot’s room together and the Dutchman leaving alone four hours later. The woman’s battered body was found on the room’s floor more than two days later, her neck broken. Van der Sloot had by then crossed into Chile, where he was arrested Thursday. In video taken of the husky 22-year-old Dutchman that was broadcast Sunday by a TV channel, Peruvian police search van der Sloot’s belongings in his presence.

They pull out of his backpack a laptop, a business-card holder and 15 bills in foreign currency. Van der Sloot tells police the money includes Thai, Cambodian and Bolivian currency. He is asked for credit cards and documents and appears to say — his Spanish is very rudimentary — that they are in a hotel room back in Chile. Van der Sloot remains the prime suspect in the Holloway’s apparent murder, even though he has never been prosecuted.

Aruban authorities didn’t prosecute van der Sloot even after he was caught on video saying he had asked a friend to dump Holloway’s body. The Alabama woman’s family was outraged by how Aruban authorities handled the case, and now the family of another young woman wants to make sure they get justice.

“This isn’t a coincidence, this murder,” Stephany Flores’ anguished father, Lima entertainment impresario Ricardo Flores, told reporters after van der Sloot’s arrest.

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Joran van der Sloot could be formally charged as early as Tuesday in the killing of Stephany Flores Ramirez, Peruvian government authorities said. Van der Sloot, who confessed to murder in the case on Monday, will likely be held at one of three maximum security prisons — Castro Castro, Piedras Gordas and Lurigancho, authorities said. At his first court appearance, the judge may set a hearing date for van der Sloot and could order additional investigations in the case. The Peruvian justice system often issues a lighter sentence in cases where the suspect confesses. That may have influenced his alleged confession. Van der Sloot could get up to 35 years in prison. There is no death penalty or life sentence in Peru.

A Peruvian police report leaked Monday said Flores was found in his hotel room on the floor, half-dressed. The report provides new details about the hours before Flores’ body was found.

Van der Sloot, who was twice arrested in connection with the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005, is in Peruvian custody as a suspect in the killing of Flores, 21.

According to the document, the Hotel Tac, where van der Sloot was staying, received a call from someone looking for him about 11 p.m. June 1. The receptionist forwarded the call, but no one answered. The hotel worker assumed that van der Sloot was asleep because the room key was with him and not the front desk.

About an hour later, according to the police report, the receptionist noticed that van der Sloot owed money for two nights and went up to his room, where her knocks went unanswered. The television was blaring, so the hotel employee figured he was resting, the report says.

Afterward, the hotel supervisor told the employee to go back to van der Sloot’s room and enter using a spare key. When the employee went in, she found Flores’ body on the floor, dressed in a black T-shirt and red panties, half-covered with a piece of white clothing, the police report said.

Flores was bleeding from her nose, the report said.

The hotel employee became frightened at the sight and went to alert her supervisor and the police, turning off the television and lights on her way out of the room, the report said.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/06/08/peru.murder.case/index.html?section=cnn_latest

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