Death of Valentina Trespalacios: a US citizen charged in the alleged murder of a DJ in Colombia


Colombian authorities have charged a US citizen for the alleged murder of a DJ in Colombia whose body was discovered in a suitcase at the bottom of a garbage can.

John Poulos was arrested and detained at Panama’s Tocumen International Airport on Tuesday as he attempted to depart for Istanbul, Panama’s National Police said.

During a televised hearing in Bogota, which lasted more than five hours, Poulos spoke through a translator to deny the charges, which relate to the death of Valentina Trespalacios, 23, a music DJ well-known electronics.

Trespalacios’ body was found by a recycler in the early hours of January 22 in a dumpster southwest of Bogota.

In an earlier hearing on Thursday, the court heard details of a relationship between Trespalacios and Poulos.

Poulos’ defense alleged that there were flaws in his arrest and that due process was not followed.

The Colombian prosecutor’s office and police say they have more than 300 hours of security footage in which Poulos and Trespalacios are seen in the days before his body was discovered.

Another hearing is scheduled for January 31.

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