Suspect held on $3m bond in death of secret porn model

By Calvin Palmer

A man suspected of killing a Kansas college student who led a secret life as an Internet porn model made his first appearance in court this morning.

Judge David Ricke at Butler County District Court, in El Dorado, Kansas, ordered that Israel Guadalupe Mireles, 26, be held on a $3 million bond.

Mireles was extradited back from Mexico yesterday by U.S. Marshals. He is charged with capital murder, rape and aggravated criminal sodomy in the 2007 death of 18-year-old Emily Sander.

The Butler Community College student had been missing for several days before a search team found her body along U.S. 54 about 50 miles east of El Dorado.

Her disappearance aroused nationwide interest when it emerged that she was an Internet pornography model who went by the name of Zoey Zane.

Ricke appointed the state’s death penalty defense unit to represent Mireles.

Butler County attorney Jan Satterfield argued that the higher bond was necessary partly because Mireles had previously  fled to Mexico.

Satterfield also told the court that while Mireles was in jail in Mexico City, he told a friend he had planned an escape by faking a serious illness and then escaping when he was taken to a hospital.

His preliminary hearing was set for July 8.

Sander was last seen alive on November 23, 2007, as she left an El Dorado bar with a man police have identified as Mireles.
Police found a large amount of blood in his motel room, prompting the search for Sander. Her body was found six days later.
Searchers found the body after tracing the route they believed Mireles took to pick up his then-pregnant, 16-year-old girlfriend at her grandmother’s house in Baxter Springs before fleeing to Mexico with her. Mexican police arrested him on December 19, 2007.

 Prosecutors had to promise Mexican authorities they would not seek the death penalty for Mireles in order for Mexican authorities to approve the extradition. If convicted of capital murder, he would face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

[Based on reports by the Kansas City Star and newsday.com.]

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