Mireles bound over for trial in death of Emily Sander

EL DORADO — A judge bound Israel Mireles over for trial after a preliminary hearing today in Butler County District Court.

Mireles is charged with capital murder, rape and aggravated criminal sodomy in the death of Butler Community College student Emily Sander, 18.

Kansas Bureau of Investigation senior special agent David Klamm testified this afternoon that Sander's body had two major wounds to her chest and a telephone cord wrapped around her neck when she was found in November 2007.

Klamm said Sander's body was found along U.S. 54, about 20 feet over an embankment, five days after she was reported missing. He said the cord tied around her neck had been knotted twice.

Earlier today, the owner of the El Dorado Motel testified that he saw a lot of blood in Room 21, where Mireles had been staying.

I.C. Patel, the owner of the motel, said he saw a broken window in Room 21 about noon on Saturday, the day after Sander disappeared.

When he entered the room he said he found blood spilled on the walls and drove to the police station to report it.

Also this morning, a female acquaintance of Sander testified that Mireles had bought drinks for Sander and other friends the night she disappeared from the Retreat, a bar just east of El Dorado.

She testified that Mireles made her uncomfortable because he repeatedly asked her to leave the bar with him. She later saw Mireles and Sander kissing at the bar.

Five days after Sander disappeared from the bar, searchers found her body about 50 miles east of town along U.S. 54. An autopsy showed she had been stabbed repeatedly, beaten and strangled.

Mireles, who had been a waiter at an El Dorado restaurant and had been staying at the adjacent El Dorado Motel, was extradited to Kansas by Mexican authorities in June.

Attorney General Steve Six is serving as lead prosecutor in the case.