STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - A Plover man has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly raping and killing his neighbor, and burning her car with her body in it to try and hide the evidence.
32-year-old Jose Flores Aca was bound over at a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Portage County. He's scheduled to enter pleas October 7th to charges of homicide, sexual assault, and hiding a corpse.
The incident happened in early August. According to testimony from investigators, Flores Aca was upset about a fight with his girlfriend when 36-year-old Jamie Koch -- his neighbor in his Plover apartment building -- invited him into her place.
As she took his wrist to lead him inside, officials said he got angry and knocked her down, strangled her with her bra, wrapped her in a bed sheet, and drove her to neighboring Waupaca County.
A state Justice agent testified that Flores Aca showed up at a farm where he used to work, about three miles from the burned car -- and he asked for a ride home, claiming he was dropped off at a party.
Reporters said there was extra security at Wednesday's preliminary hearing.