Van der Sloot pleads guilty to killing Peru woman

In this June 4, 2010 file photo, Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot is escorted by police outside a police station near the border with Chile in Tacna, Peru. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)

January 13, 2012 9:47:02 AM PST
Joran van der Sloot pleaded guilty on Wednesday to the 2010 murder of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman he met at a Lima casino who was killed five years to the day of the unsolved disappearance in Aruba of an American teen in which he remains the main suspect.

The 24-year-old Dutch citizen's trial opened last week but was adjourned to Wednesday after Van der Sloot asked for more time to decide how to plead. He said last week that was inclined to confess but doesn't accept the aggravated murder charges the prosecution seeks.

His trial opened last week but was adjourned to Wednesday after Van der Sloot asked for more time to decide how to plead. He said he was inclined to confess but doesn't accept the aggravated murder charges the prosecution seeks.

Van der Sloot claimed in a confession shortly after the May 30, 2010, murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores that he killed her in a fit of rage after she discovered on his laptop his connection to the 2005 disappearence of Natalee Holloway.

But prosecutors say Van der Sloot killed Flores, a business student from a prominent family, in order to rob her after learning she had won money at the casino where the two met. They say he killed her with "ferocity" and "cruelty," beating then strangling her in his his Lima hotel room.

Holloway, an Alabama teen, was on a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba where Van der Sloot grew up.


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