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    https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/22/us/kr...res/index.html

    The man accused of killing college student Kristin Smart in 1996 will stand trial for her death

    The man accused of killing 19-year-old college student Kristin Smart in 1996 will stand trial for her death, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's office.

    Paul Flores, 44, faces a first-degree murder charge for allegedly killing Smart in his Cal Poly San Luis Obispo dorm room. Prosecutors say Flores raped or attempted to rape Smart, who was then a freshman at the university. His father, Ruben Flores, 80, is charged as an accessory to the murder, and prosecutors say he helped hide Smart's body.

    The preliminary hearing for the pair lasted weeks and wrapped up on Monday. The DA's office tweeted Wednesday that a "judge has determined sufficient evidence was presented for the two to be tried."

    "We continue to support the family of Kristin Smart as we work toward justice," District Attorney Dan Dow said in the tweet.

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    https://www.ksbw.com/article/kristin...date/38016108#

    The trial for the father and son charged in the murder of Cal Poly student Kristin Smart will begin April 25, 2022, a judge announced Wednesday morning.

    Prosecutors in San Luis Obispo charged Paul Flores with murder in the 1996 disappearance of Smart. His father, Ruben, is accused of being an accomplice for allegedly helping bury her body.

    The men pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning.
    I can't wait to see these guys get what they deserve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    https://www.ksbw.com/article/kristin...date/38016108#Ellythis



    I can't wait to see these guys get what they deserve.
    That is so awefull I cant belive those people exist :)

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    https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/l...257467528.html

    Defense attorneys file motion to dismiss Kristin Smart murder case. Here’s what both sides say

    An 85-page court motion to dismiss the murder case against Paul Flores was filed last month in San Luis Obispo Superior Court, contending that the allegation he murdered missing Cal Poly student Kristin Smart lacks credible evidence. The motion calls into question the reliability of witnesses, cadaver dog alerts and alleges an “orchestrated” series of moves by law enforcement leading up to his arrest for the murder of Smart, whose body has never been recovered. The motion, filed Dec. 17 by Flores’ attorneys Robert and Sarah Sanger, also cites the influence of the popular “Your Own Backyard” podcast and a social media campaign that has unjustly “convicted” Flores of Smart’s murder.

    The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office fired back with a 47-page opposition Monday — contending there is a rational basis for trying Flores based on the collective witness statements and physical evidence. Deputy District Attorney Christopher Peuvrelle wrote that Flores lied about a black eye when police questioned him after Smart went missing and that cadaver dog alerts were reliable resources to gather evidence in locations such as Flores’ dorm room and at his father’s property in Arroyo Grande.

    Peuvrelle cited Judge Craig Van Rooyen’s September ruling of sufficient evidence to proceed to trial after a 22-day preliminary hearing of evidence and arguments. The trial is scheduled to begin in April.

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    These parents are the west coast version of the Laundries, or vice versa actually. I don't know how you can possibly lead your kid so far astray.
    You are talking to a woman who has laughed in the face of death, sneered at doom and chuckled at catastrophe.
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    https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/l...259922790.html

    Judge moves Kristin Smart murder trial out of SLO County

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    After 26 years the trial will start next week!

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    https://www.ksby.com/news/kristin-sm...s-murder-trial

    Jury selection begins in Paul Flores murder trial

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
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    Jury selection begins in Paul Flores murder trial
    Good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewitchingstorm View Post
    Good!
    This is one trial I am excited to see play out. It's been way too long in the making!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    This is one trial I am excited to see play out. It's been way too long in the making!
    Agree. I hope they allow cameras because I will be watching.

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    https://ktla.com/news/kristin-smart-...disappearance/

    Kristin Smart murder trial to begin Monday, more than 26 years after her disappearance

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    Here's a few things from unsealed court documents. Is anyone else following this trial?

    https://www.sfgate.com/crime/article...e-16325289.php

    Shocking allegations in newly unsealed court documents in Kristin Smart case

    Unsealed court documents in the Kristin Smart murder case include allegations of a discovery of human blood and witnesses who claim to have seen suspicious activity at the family home of the suspects.

    Smart hasn't been seen since disappearing on the walk from a party to her dorm on Memorial Day weekend 1996. The lone suspect for more than two decades was Paul Flores, a fellow Cal Poly student who walked back with her that night. Flores and his father, Ruben Flores, were arrested on April 13, marking the first time anyone has been arrested in connection with Smart's disappearance.

    According to investigators, Paul Flores killed Smart during an attempted sexual assault and his father helped hide the body under their family home in Arroyo Grande.

    Many of the unsealed documents detail interviews police conducted shortly after Smart was reported missing. Witnesses who were at the party the night she disappeared told police they thought Flores was behaving oddly. The fraternity member who organized the party told investigators Flores was "bugging people" and "a little weird and everybody realized it."

    "People repeatedly told him, 'Dude, we hate you,'" the court filing reads. Smart's friend, who walked back with Smart and Flores before parting ways to get to her residence, also told investigators Flores had the nickname "Chester the Molester" due to the way he behaved around women.

    There have long been suspicions Smart's body was buried on the property of Ruben Flores' Arroyo Grande home, an approximately 20-minute drive from the Cal Poly campus. A number of search warrants have been executed on the property in recent years, including two in the past year that permitted investigators to dig up the backyard. Photos showed investigators focusing on the back deck, bringing in cadaver dogs and ground-penetrating radar to aid in the search.

    "The excavation below his deck at 710 White Court showed damning evidence that a body had been buried in that location and then recently moved," prosecutor Christopher Peuvrelle said in a court filing earlier this year.

    "Due to evidence gleaned from the excavation, it is reasonable to believe Ruben Flores currently knows the location of Kristin Smart's remains," Peuvrelle continued.

    Wednesday's unsealed records claim that excavation found a "large approximately 4-foot-by-6-foot anomaly" under the deck, as though "someone dug the soil out and put it back," Peuvrelle said. Soil within the area was tested and came back as a likely match for human blood, prosecutors claim. Red, blue and black fibers were also found by a forensic expert from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, allegedly consistent with the color of the clothing Smart was reportedly wearing the night she disappeared.

    A neighbor on White Court told investigators she noticed unusual activity at the Flores home in February 2020. According to the neighbor, she saw Paul's mother and Ruben's ex-wife Susan Flores and her boyfriend Mike McConville. The witness said Ruben Flores, Susan Flores and McConville attemped to "back an enclosed travel trailer to the back of the house near the deck."

    "She had never seen trailers at Ruben’s house before and yet on this night there were two trailers brought to the house,” Peuvrelle wrote in the filing. “She has not seen Susan Flores or Mike McConvile spend the night at 710 White Court since.”

    In addition, court documents detail an interview investigators conducted with a longtime tenant of the Flores home. That man said Ruben Flores never allowed people to access the area below the home, which was always padlocked. When a plumber came by to address a kitchen leak, the tenant says Flores told him he would "take care of the problem himself" after learning the plumber would need to go below the home.

    The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office previously said they believe Paul Flores has been committing violent crimes for the past two decades. At a Wednesday hearing, prosecutors said a 2020 raid of Flores' home in San Pedro turned up videos that allegedly showed him raping an intoxicated woman. They claimed investigators also found "rape fantasy" pornography on his computer in a file labeled "Practice."

    Last week, Superior Court Judge Craig van Rooyen denied prosecutors' request to add additional rape charges to the Smart case; prosecutors hoped it would show Flores' alleged pattern of sexual violence, but the judge ruled that evidence Smart was raped before her death was "weak."
    I will never understand why they didn't go after him earlier. He was the only real suspect from the beginning. I feel like they could have done the same thing back in 1996, and probably recovered her body.

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    I agree and never understood why he was not arrested much earlier.

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    Haven't been on here in YEARS!! But this case right here brought me back.

    I grew up near this area and had just gotten my license when Kristin went missing. San Luis Obispo was a place we often frequented and myself and some friends were terrified when Kristin Smart went missing! Then in 1998 and 1999 two more girls were killed in that area (Rex Krebs). This kind of thing just didn't really happen there.

    Anyway, everyone in that area have always known of/suspected Paul Flores, and his family's involvement.. For 26 years!!

    If anyone is unfamiliar with this case, I highly recommend the podcast, "Your Own Backyard".

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    Quote Originally Posted by SheStartedIt View Post
    Haven't been on here in YEARS!! But this case right here brought me back.

    I grew up near this area and had just gotten my license when Kristin went missing. San Luis Obispo was a place we often frequented and myself and some friends were terrified when Kristin Smart went missing! Then in 1998 and 1999 two more girls were killed in that area (Rex Krebs). This kind of thing just didn't really happen there.

    Anyway, everyone in that area have always known of/suspected Paul Flores, and his family's involvement.. For 26 years!!

    If anyone is unfamiliar with this case, I highly recommend the podcast, "Your Own Backyard".
    It is so frustrating that he has been on the public's radar as her murderer for so long, but it took forever for him to be brought to justice. I haven't listened to that podcast, but will definitely check it out.

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