LIMA, Peru -- The young Dutchman long suspected in a U.S. teen's Caribbean island disappearance was delivered to Peru on Friday to face charges in the murder of a 21-year-old woman found with her neck broken in his Lima hotel room.
Joran van der Sloot told police in Chile, where he was captured Thursday, that he did not kill Stephany Flores, but did say "he met her and at some point they went to a casino," said Fernando Ovalle, a Chilean police spokesman.
The girl's father, Ricardo Flores, said video cameras tracked the couple as they walked before dawn Sunday to van der Sloot's hotel from the casino in Lima's upscale Miraflores district, where they met playing poker.
He said he doesn't want the death penalty, only justice. In Peru, a murder conviction carries a prison sentence of up to 35 years.
"I haven't slept since Monday," a devastated Flores, his eyelids heavy and speech slurred, said at his Lima home. "I'm waiting for him to step foot on Peruvian soil." Then, he said, he'd take a sleeping pill or simply collapse from exhaustion.
Flores, a circus promoter and former race car driver, spoke as the 22-year-old Dutchman was being flown to the Chile-Peru border, where the Chileans handed him over to Peruvian authorities.
They put a bulletproof vest on van der Sloot and drove him to a police post in Tacna near the border.
Col. Manuel Malaver, chief of Interpol in Peru, said that after a medical check van der Sloot would be transported to Lima, where a preliminary arrest warrant was issued for him Thursday.