Van der Sloot Delays 'Sincere Confession'

He also gets scolded by judge for slouching and fidgeting

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 6, 2012 4:42 PM CST

(Newser) – Joran Van der Sloot did not formally confess to the murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores as expected today, but it could happen next week. He asked the judge in Lima, Peru, for more time to "reflect" on his plea, reports CNN. Van der Sloot—the prime suspect in the death of US teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005—already has told authorities that he killed Flories in a fit of rage. But he disputes some of the particulars that prosecutors laid out today in court.

"I want to give a sincere confession but I don't agree with all the aggravating factors the prosecutor is putting on me," said the 24-year-old. "Can I have more time to think about this?" During today's proceedings, Van der Sloot yawned and slouched a lot, which didn't sit well with the judge, notes AP. "Sit up straight and show some respect for the court," she ordered.

Joran Van der Sloot appears in court in Lima, Peru.
Joran Van der Sloot appears in court in Lima, Peru.   (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Joran Van der Sloot enters the courtroom.
Joran Van der Sloot enters the courtroom.   (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
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