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    Van Der Sloot Trial Postponed

    FILE - In this June 4, 2010 file photo, Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot is escorted by police outside a police station near the border with Chile in Tacna, Peru.  Joran van der Sloot goes on trial in the murder of a young Peruvian woman on Friday Jan. 6, 2011, nearly seven years after he became the prime suspect in the unsolved disappearance of an American teenager on holiday in Aruba. Van der Sloot, 24, is charged with killing 21-year-old Stephany Flores in his Lima hotel room on May 30, 2010, after the two left a casino together in the day's wee hours. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro, File)

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    A Peruvian judge has postponed Friday's trial of murder suspect Joran van der Sloot until Jan. 11. The Dutch national had been expected to plead guilty to the killing of 21-year-old Stephany Flores in a last-minute change to his defense strategy, according to CNN. His lawyer says a "sincere confession" could bring him a more lenient sentence than the 30-year-long one that prosecutors are seeking. Van der Sloot is accused of killing Flores in her hotel room in May 2010, but he is also a central figure in the disappearance of American student Natalee Holloway, who vanished in Aruba in 2005. He was never charged in connection with Holloway, and maintains he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

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