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Brazil suspect on drugs when British teen killed
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Mohamed D'Ali Carvalho Santos, center, stands with police at the site where he allegedly dumped the body parts of British teenager Cara Marie Burke in Bonfinopolis, near Goiania, central Brazil, Friday, Aug. 1, 2008. Santos, a Brazilian man accused of dismembering 17-year-old Burke and stuffing her torso in a suitcase, traveled with authorities to the bridge where he allegedly dumped her head and limbs. - photo by Associated Press
    GOIANIA, Brazil — The Brazilian man accused of dismembering a British teenager and stuffing her torso in a suitcase told The Associated Press on Friday that he doesn’t remember most of what happened the night she died because he was high on cocaine.
    ‘‘I don’t remember much,’’ Mohamed D’Ali Carvalho Santos said in an interview through the bars of his jail cell. ‘‘I had used too much drugs.’’
    Earlier Friday, however, Santos denied that he killed her in comments he made to reporters after returning from a trip with police to guide them to the remote area where he allegedly tossed Cara Marie Burke’s head and limbs from a bridge.
    ‘‘It wasn’t me,’’ Santos said. ‘‘I deny it.’’
    Police say the 20-year-old already confessed to killing 17-year-old Burke on July 25 before cutting up her body because she threatened to tell Santos’ parents he was a drug dealer and addicted to cocaine.
    Police inspector Jorge Moreira da Silva said Friday that authorities are searching for a man named Jorge accused of helping Santos dispose of the body parts, but said that the man is not suspected of taking part in Burke’s killing.
    Burke’s torso was found Monday in the suitcase on the banks of a river in Goiania, about a two-hour drive from the Brazilian capital, Brasilia.
    During the trip to the site where the body parts were dumped, Santos became angry with reporters after he was asked if he remembered where he tossed the remains.
    ‘‘I threw her in your house,’’ he snarled.
    After stabbing Burke to death, Santos attended a funk concert before returning to dismember her body, da Silva said.
    Detectives found blood in Santos’ bedroom, living room and bathroom. A photo found in Santos cell phone appeared to have been taken in a shower stall. It showed Burke’s severed head placed on the chest of her torso along with a bloody butcher knife.
    Police said Burke was Santos’ girlfriend until several weeks ago, but the teenager’s family insisted the two were never a couple.
    Burke’s brother Michael told The Times of London that his sister had been due to return to London several weeks ago, but was injured in a motorcycle accident on the way to the airport.
    ‘‘My mum had paid for the ticket home and we were looking forward to having her back,’’ he told the newspaper.
    Michael Burke said his sister traveled to Brazil three months ago with two Brazilian friends and met Santos after her arrival.
    ‘‘He met her out there. They were not a couple. They had only known each other for a short time,’’ he told The Times.
    The BBC reported that Santos said in an interview that he was not Burke’s boyfriend, and responded ‘‘not exactly’’ when asked if he had killed Burke in the way that Brazilian police described.
    Associated Press Writer Alan Clendenning contributed to this report from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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