Prime Natalie Holloway suspect Joran van der Sloot has been formally charged with a different murder. The twenty-four year old was arrested more than a year ago but had yet to go to trial. Under Peruvian law, a prisoner may only be held for eighteen months without the proceedings getting under way. That deadline is no longer an issue as a court date has been set for September 12th.

Six years ago, Joran van der Sloot was all but convicted in the court of public opinion over the disappearance of eighteen year old Natalee Holloway. The pretty American had been out partying during her trip to Aruba when she elected to leave the hotspot with van der Sloot, a Dutch national who was living on the island. She was never seeing again. He later told the police he left her alone on the beach, but she never came back, leading many to openly accuse him of murder. Despite being arrested numerous times, the case never went to trial due to lack of evidence, and Joran van der Sloot left Aruba to start a new life.

A lot of people, particularly those who are characters on the show My Name Is Earl, believe in the concept of karma. What happened next must have come as no surprise to them. Five years after Holloway's disappearance, another woman last seen in the company of van der Sloot turned up dead. Her name was Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez, and she was found beaten and robbed in a hotel room registered under the Dutchman's name. The two had met at a casino in Peru earlier in the night. It's believed that when he stepped out to get some coffee, she used his computer to access Google and discovered information on the Natalee Holloway case. Some sort of confrontation ensued, browser searches were performed to ascertain what countries did not extradite to Peru, and van der Sloot was caught on surveillance camera exiting the room alone. He confessed but later retracted his statement.

According to CNN, prosecutors are planning to ask for a thirty year prison sentence, which may not seem like a lot to American readers but is a hefty punishment even for murder in Peru. van der Sloot's trial may not draw Casey Anthony type interest, but there will certainly be a lot of interested parties. We'll keep you updated on all the details as they become available.

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