After confessing to the murder of 21-year-old Lima woman, Stephany Flores, Joran van der Sloot is now being held in custody by Peruvian officials. His fate rests in the hands of a Peruvian judge who will formally charge the Dutchman who lived in Aruba. A Preliminary hearing date will also be set when van der Sloot receives the charges.
Brought to the Lima jail in a bullet-proof vest, (see video here), van der Sloot, is also linked to the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway who was vacationing in Aruba. He is reportedly receiving three hot meals a day. Languishing in a single cell, the alleged killer has already confessed after 10 hours of questioning by Peruvian police, according to CNN News.
The Netherlands native can be officially charged as early as today. Van der Sloot will also have to perform a reenactment of the murder, which is required by the police. Officials will return with the suspect to the hotel room. There, the Dutchman will tell police how the whole incident happened. See video from CNN, click here.
During questioning, van der Sloot, (pronounced: van-dur-SLOAT, rhymes with BOAT), had a state-appointed lawyer. Also present was an official from The Netherlands embassy. Ironically, his father Paul, was an attorney.
There is talk of a deposition, however the government is waiting for an official Dutch translator to be present. (Although I know Juron probably speaks very good Spanish. Most people in Aruba speak four languages: Dutch, English, Papiamento, and Spanish.) Police are still gathering evidence as CNN says they need more time to present for the criminal investigation.
Two important items have already been bagged as evidence: van der Sloot’s bloody clothes and a tennis racket, believed to be the murder weapon. Having lived in Aruba with Joran as a neighbor and student at my school, I know he is an avid tennis player, like his dad. They belonged to the tennis club on the island.
It has been pointed out that a confession could obtain a more lenient sentence in the Peruvian justice system. Examination of the circumstances in this case may indicate that possibility could be in question. Although van der Sloot confessed, he fled the scene. In addition, other factors about the killing stand out: the manner in which she was killed was very violent.
Flores’ body was left for two days before discovered on the third floor of the Hotel Tac. This is another factor that doesn’t play well for the suspect. The victim’s body was found face-down, legs turned to the side. Bruises were all over the body. Lima’s medical investigator, Victor Tejada stated that a blunt object had delivered the fatal blows, more than likely by the tennis racket found in his hotel room. There were no signs of sexual assault.
Five years ago to the day van der Sloot was connected to the Holloway disappearance. He was arrested twice and released both times for lack of evidence. Perhaps he will also admit to Holloway’s murder, now that he is in custody and is facing serious jail time.
CNN.com, USAToday.com, nancygraceblogs.cnn.com