Wichita A man suspected of killing a Butler Community College student says he's innocent and another man was present when the woman was killed.
Israel Mireles told his 16-year-old girlfriend, Victoria Martens, that he got into a fight with the other man the night Emily Sander was killed in El Dorado, said Martens' mother, Sandy Martens of Hays.
Ellis County authorities have charged Mireles, 24, with aggravated indecent liberties with a child, accusing him of impregnating Victoria Martens when she was 15.
Mireles also is charged in Butler County with capital murder, rape and aggravated criminal sodomy in the Nov. 24 death of Sander, an 18-year-old who was missing for several days before her body was found about 50 miles east of El Dorado.
Authorities allege that Mireles left a bar near El Dorado with Sander and killed her before picking up Victoria Martens at her grandmother's house in Baxter Springs and taking her to Mexico.
The case drew nationwide attention after it was discovered that Sander also led a secret life as an Internet porn model named Zoey Zane.
Mireles was arrested in Mexico Dec. 19 and is facing extradition to Kansas.
Victoria Martens was with him in Mexico but has not been charged.
Because Victoria Martens is considered a runaway, a hearing will be held Wednesday in Hays to determine where she will be placed, Sandy Martens said.
Sandy Martens met with her daughter on Saturday at a WaKeeney juvenile facility. It was the first time she had seen her daughter since Thanksgiving, and she told The Wichita Eagle that the meeting was emotional and intense.
Based on what her daughter told her, Sandy Martens said: "Even he (Mireles) professes his innocence - that there was somebody else there. He said that he got into a fight with another man."
Sandy Martens said her daughter, whose baby is due in late January, believes Mireles is innocent.
Martens said she wants her daughter to remain with her until the baby - already named Isabelle Marie - is born. After that, Martens said, her daughter might be better off getting a fresh start with relatives out of state.
"That baby is the only thing that's helping her get through this right now," Martens said.