A Peruvian judge has ordered Joran van der Sloot to stand trial for the robbery and first-degree murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores. According to police, van der Sloot has already confessed to meeting Flores while playing poker on May 30, then smashing her head inside his hotel room when she was caught looking on the suspect's laptop.
Lima Superior Court Judge Juan Buendia said van der Sloot had acted with "ferocity and great cruelty."
Before dawn on Friday, the 22-year-old Dutchman was taken from an armored truck to a holding cell. While police handled van der Sloot roughly as they moved him from the truck to the courtroom, bystanders yelled "murderer" as he passed.
Meanwhile, according to reports, Peruvian police say van der Sloot has told them he knows the location of American Natalee Holloway's body. Holloway disappeared during a trip to Aruba in 2005 and was feared murdered. Van der Sloot remains the lone suspect in her disappearance.
For now, van der Sloot has not been charged with anything in relation to Holloway.
Luis Gallardo, a Peruvian court spokeman, has told the Associated Press that van der Sloot would likely be sentenced between 15 and 35 years in prison for the Flores killing. "The aggravating factors are having acted with ferocity and great cruelty," he said.
Despite the confession, Peruvian officials say there will still be a trial. A judge, however, has not been determined and the jail -- where van der Sloot will be held -- has not been disclosed.