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Plover man charged with rape, murder of female neighbor

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - A Plover man is due back in court a week from Wednesday, on charges that he raped and killed a neighbor in his apartment building, and then set her body on fire in her car.

32-year-old Jose Flores Aca appeared in Portage County Circuit Court Tuesday on a video hook-up from his jail cell. He was charged with first degree intentional homicide and sexual assault, and hiding a corpse.

Prosecutors said Flores Aca had a conversation with 36-year-old neighbor Jamie Koch last August 7th – and at some point, they ended up in her apartment where he allegedly punched and kicked Koch and then molested her.

Investigators said Flores Aca wrapped her body in bed sheets, placed her in her vehicle, drove it to a farm field in neighboring Waupaca County, and started the car on fire to destroy the evidence. His friends then reportedly drove him back to Plover.

If he’s not eventually sentenced to life in prison, officials say Flores Aca could be deported back to Mexico. For now, he’s in jail under $1 million bond.