Joran Van der Sloot's Murder Pre-Trial Hearings Begin

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    Joran Van der Sloot's Murder Pre-Trial Hearings Begin

    LIMA, Peru Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the disappearance of U.S. teen Natalee Holloway, was due in court in Peru on Monday over the murder of a local woman. The Dutchman is accused of robbing and murdering 21-year-old Stephany Flores, who was found dead in his Lima hotel room in May 2010. He was arrested after fleeing over the border to Chile and has been held in Lima's notorious Castro Castro prison ever since.


    Prosecutors and Flores' family are seeking a 30-year prison term, arguing that this would be a "just penalty." Van der Sloot's defense team is seeking to lodge a manslaughter plea with a reduced sentence of six to 20 years, arguing their client acted in "a fit of rage" after Flores accessed files on his computer.


    Van der Sloot remains the main suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, an 18-year-old Alabama student who vanished from the Caribbean holiday island of Aruba in 2005. The Dutchman was previously arrested twice and held in custody for three months, but never charged, in connection with the Holloway case. A grand jury in Alabama indicted van der Sloot last June for wire fraud and extortion after he allegedly asked Holloway's mother for $250,000 to tell her where to find her missing daughter's remains, which were never found.
     
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    By Amber Goodhand - Radar Reporter
    Joran van der Sloot was officially charged with the murder of Stephany Flores by Peruvian authorities on Thursday, RadarOnline.com is reporting.
    The Dutchman was arrested in June 2010 and has been held at Lima’s run-down Castro Castro prison.
    According to reports, prosecutors are seeking a 30-year prison sentence for Van der Sloot, 23, and a $73,000 restitution to Flores’ family.
    PHOTOS: Joran Van Der Sloot In Custody
    As RadarOnline.com first reported, Flores, was found dead in a Lima, Peru hotel room that was registered to van der Sloot — and then it’s believed he took money and bank cards from her wallet and fled to Chile.
    Van der Sloot also remains the prime suspect in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway​, who vanished at age 18 while on a graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba.
    EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Joran Van Der Sloot's Bloody Clothing
    He was arrested twice but never charged in connection with her disappearance -- the killing of Flores was five years to the day of the unsolved 2005 disappearance of Holloway.
     
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    At the Radar online link (above) evidence is on display, if you're into forensics in murder trials. This one isn't going to be much of a trial, I'm afraid, as Van der Sloot has confessed to the crime from what I gather. In addition, he is still wanted in the USA for quesitioning or even standing trial for the murder of Natalee Holloway.

    Word is he was supposed to come to some kind of agreement to tell Natalee's mother where he put the body, but so far, nothing has ever come of that. I think he may want full immunity or something from the death penalty.

    Well, that's only hearsay. Our justice system does not allow convictions based on hearsay.
     
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    30 years in a peruvian jail.

    I am pro death penalty, but I kind of think this is better.
     
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    Have you voted on Aqua Athena's thread on Capital Punishment?
     

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