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Latino Daily News

Saturday March 26, 2011

Peru Police: Van der Sloot Lying about Stephany Flores Murder

Jordan Van de Sloot has been maintaining that he killed the young Peruvian women in a fit of rage because she discovered his connection to Natalee Halloways disappearance while using his computer. Peru’s Police research of Van der Sloots laptop shows no such activity.

The technology chief of Peru’s police, Col. Oscar Gonzales, told The Associated Press.

“She didn’t view anything about Holloway. It’s a lie that she tried to ask him about (the case),” Gonzales said.

“We deny the colonel’s claim,” Altez told the AP of Gonzales. “We will be presenting our own expert analysis regarding the laptop.” He did not specify what it might show.

Altez says his client plans to plead guilty to killing Flores, but will argue temporary insanity — which is called “violent emotion” in Peruvian law — arguing that he began enraged after she looked in his laptop and learned of his relation to Holloway.

If Van der Sloot is allowed to claim temporary insanity, he could plead manslaughter with a 3-5 year term, versus first-degree murder that carries a 15-35 year sentence.

Van der Sloot was indicted last June in Alabama on federal wire fraud and extortion charges for allegedly trying to extort $250,000 from Holloway’s mother, Beth Twitty, in exchange for information on where she could find her daughter’s body.

Van der Sloot, 23, is accused of first-degree murder in the killing of Flores, whom he met at a Lima casino.