Opening statements for the Kristin Smart murder trial began July 18 in Monterey County Superior Court.
Paul Flores is charged with Smart’s murder, while his father, Ruben Flores, is charged with accessory after the murder. Both men were charged in April of 2021, almost 25 years after Smart disappeared as a Cal Poly freshman.
Smart went missing on May 26, 1996 after walking home from an off-campus party with Paul Flores. She was legally declared dead in 2002, though her body has not been found.
The People v. Flores trial will continue until a verdict is reached.
Paul Flores Guilty for the First Degree Murder of Kristin Smart; Ruben Flores Not Guilty for Accessory
Verdict in Ruben’s Case Reached
Juror Excused — Deliberations Restart
Closing Statements End and Deliberations Begin
Closing Statements Day 1
Day 30: Rebuttals
Breaking News: Defense Rests
Breaking: Prosecution rests its case