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Murder trial date set for Van der Sloot

A Peruvian judge has set Jan. 6 as the trial date for Joran van der Sloot in the killing of a Peruvian woman five years to the day after U.S. student Natalee Holloway disappeared.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A Peruvian judge has set Jan. 6 as the trial date for Joran van der Sloot in the killing of a Peruvian woman five years to the day after U.S. student Natalee Holloway disappeared.

Screen capture of Dutch Joran van der Sloot during his testimony and released on September 25, 2011 in Lima. Van der Sloot is accused of murdered a Peruvian woman Stephany Flores. Edward Alvarez, lawyer for the family of Stephany Flores, said after his first court appearance here that the killing was premeditated in order to rob the young woman, and not a momentary act of delusion as van der Sloot's defense maintains. AFP PHOTO / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)- / AFP

The 24-year-old Van der Sloot remains the prime suspect in Holloway's 2005 disappearance on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

Peruvian prosecutors are seeking 30 years in prison for the Dutchman on first-degree murder charges in the killing of Stephany Flores.

**FILE** This undated photo, released by the Holloway family on June 7, 2005, shows Natalee Holloway of Mountain Brook, Alabama. Holloway has been missing since May 30, 2005 when she vanished in Aruba while on a trip with classmates celebrating their high school graduation. A renewed investigation into her disappearance has revived her family's hopes of a resolution, two years after the case triggered a wave of false leads, fruitless searches and widespread publicity. (AP Photo/Family photo) ** NO SALES **Courtesy Of Holloway Family / AP file
In this undated photo from Peru's National Identitfication Registry is seen Stephany Flores. Peruvian police on Wednesday June 2, 2010 confirmed that Joran van der Sloot, a young Dutchman previously arrested in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, is being sought in the May 30 killing of 21-year-old Flores.(AP Photo/Registro Nacional de Identificacion y Estado Civil)AP

Van der Sloot met the 21-year-old Lima student in a casino and took her to his hotel room.

He confessed to the killing but says he became enraged upon finding Flores reading about the Holloway case on his laptop. The laptop contained emails about Holloway's death.

Flores' family and prosecutors contend he planned the killing in order to rob the young woman.

If convicted and sentenced to a 30-year prison term, Van der Sloot would be eligible for parole after serving 10 years.

Van der Sloot fled to Chile after Flores' death but was arrested there and returned to Peru for questioning.

The investigation of the murder of Flores, daughter of a wealthy businessman, brought renewed attention to the case of Holloway, who vanished during a high school graduation trip in the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, where Van der Sloot was living.

Van der Sloot was arrested twice in the Holloway case but he was never charged due to a lack of evidence. Holloway's family has criticized Dutch authorities for not making more progress in the case.