June 11th, 2010
11:23 AM ET

Van der Sloot charged with murder

Joran van der Sloot was charged with murder Friday in the slaying of a 21-year-old student in Lima, Peru, according to court documents.

Van der Sloot, a 22-year-old Dutch citizen, is suspected of killing Stephany Flores Ramirez last month.  Ramirez was found beaten to death in a hotel room registered in van der Sloot's name.

Van der Sloot was captured in Chile and returned last week to Peru, where authorities say he confessed to killing Flores.

He was twice arrested in connection with the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba, but was released for lack of evidence. Holloway was on a class trip when she went missing.

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  1. sinders

    All of this could have been avoided if the Aruban govenment had done its job and not turned the Natalee Holloway case into a political hate filled grievence outlet towards America & Americans.... and before anyone says anything I am not an American, just a citizen of the world and a sadder one,when i see how hatred can cause so much pain.
    This guy needs to rot very slowly in a Peruvian jail....there should be no escape this time.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
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