Jordan Van der Sloot’s lawyer gonna try temporary insanity defense
March 7, 2011
(ChattahBox World News) – Jordan Van der Sloot, the key suspect in the 2005 disappearance of teenager Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba, will use a “temporary insanity” defense in the slaying of 21-year-old Peruvian woman Stephany Flores Ramirez. Ramirez, a Peruvian business student and the daughter of race car driver Ricardo Flores, was found bludgeoned to death in a Lima hotel room. Van der Sloot stands accused of first-degree murder with a 15- to 35-year sentence if convicted in Peru. But if his insanity defense somehow works, Van der Sloot could serve only 20 months of a 3-5-year sentence. Van der Sloot previously claimed that Flores was killed by a thief. Van der Sloot’s attorney Máximo Altez now tells the “Domingo Al Día” TV program that his client killed young woman Stephany Flores out of “violent emotion” and not with intent:
“When Ms. Stephany Flores was digging through information on van der Sloot’s computer, she realized that he had had previous problems with the death of Natalee Holloway. We are stating that this produced Joran’s violent reaction. They began to argue and push one another, and that is what led to everything that we all know now happened,” said attorney Altez according to Living in Peru.
Flores’ family lawyer, Edward Álvarez, said that the defense’s new strategy does not hold up against the evidence:
“It is “completely false” that Flores argued with van der Sloot over this information. That laptop with information about the crime in Aruba was produced long before Stephany went with him to the hotel,” he explained.