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Witnesses say Paul Flores admitted to burying Kristin Smart, reported to police years later

Editor’s note: The People v. Flores murder trial is covered each day by Mustang News. Follow @CPMustangNews on Twitter and Instagram for more updates. Read previous articles about the trial here. A witness who testified that Paul Flores admitted to killing and burying Kristin Smart continued her testimony in court on Monday, recounting why she went to the police 23 years later.  […]

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Forensic specialist verifies more staining in Flores’ backyard and trailer from 2021

Following last week’s testimonies including archeologists and cadaver dog handlers, forensic specialist Shelby Liddell took the stand on Wednesday, describing the excavation process which ensued at Ruben Flores’ home, 710 White Ct., in March and April 2021.  Liddell has been a forensic specialist with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department for “close to four […]

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Expert dog handler clarifies human blood evidence from Paul Flores’ mattress in 1996

Editor’s note: The People v. Flores murder trial is covered each day by Mustang News. Follow @CPMustangNews on Twitter and Instagram for more updates. Read previous articles about the trial here. Dog handler Gail LaRoque took the stand during Thursday’s trial. LaRoque recalled her training and certification with the dogs in addition to searching Paul Flores’ dorm room in 1996. LaRoque started […]

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Woman testifies that defendant in Kristin Smart murder trial raped her

Editor’s note: The People v. Flores murder trial is covered each day by Mustang News. Follow @CPMustangNews on Twitter and Instagram for more updates. Read previous articles about the trial here. Content warning: This article includes details of sexual assault. In 2008, a woman was reportedly raped by a man as she went in and out of consciousness. During the assault, she […]

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Investigator returns for third testimony in People v. Flores trial

Editor’s note: The People v. Flores murder trial is covered each day by Mustang News. Follow @CPMustangNews on Twitter and Instagram for more updates. Read previous articles about the trial here. Judge Jennifer O’Keefe started Friday’s hearing by addressing an email sent Thursday announcing a COVID-19 outbreak among trial participants, with three cases in one week. There is no evidence of transmission […]

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Kristin Smart murder trial: Recorded 1996 interview reveals Paul Flores advised by parents to not speak with investigators

Editor’s note: The People v. Flores murder trial is covered each day by Mustang News. Follow @CPMustangNews on Twitter and Instagram for more updates. Read previous articles about the trial here. Only Paul Flores’ jury was present Thursday for the 14th day of the People v. Flores trial. Retired investigator for the District Attorney’s office, William “Bill” Hanley, testified about his two […]

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Kristin Smart murder trial: 3 police officers testify about investigation, interviews after disappearance

Editor’s note: The People v. Flores murder trial is covered each day by Mustang News. Follow @CPMustangNews on Twitter and Instagram for more updates. Read previous articles about the trial here. Law enforcement officials testified on Wednesday about their experiences when handling the Kristin Smart case, including what was remaining in Smart’s dorm when she disappeared and what they were told by […]

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Kristin Smart murder trial: Cal Poly Police investigator and student who helped walk Smart home testify

Editor’s note: The People v. Flores murder trial is covered each day by Mustang News. Follow @CPMustangNews on Twitter and Instagram for more updates. Read previous articles about the trial here. Tim Davis, a Cal Poly junior in 1996, is one of several alumni who’ve testified about the off-campus party Kristin Smart and Paul Flores attended the night she went missing. Yet […]

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Witness describes Paul Flores’ black eye and ‘nervous’ mood after Kristin Smart disappearance

Editor’s note: The People v. Flores murder trial is covered each day by Mustang News. Follow @CPMustangNews on Twitter and Instagram for more updates. Read previous articles about the trial here. Mario Garcia was a third-year transfer student enrolled at Cal Poly in 1995. He lived on campus and knew Paul Flores, as the two would play pool together in Flores’ […]

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‘People do things like this all the time’: Cal Poly, SLO Police refused to report Kristin Smart disappearance, student testifies

Editor’s note: The People v. Flores murder trial is covered each day by Mustang News. Read previous articles about the trial here. Follow @CPMustangNews on Twitter and Instagram for more updates. The juries of the People v. Flores murder trial heard testimonies on Wednesday that raised the question of Kristin Smart being drugged, exposed the delay of local police and revealed […]