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Jurors hear opening statements in Kristin Smart murder trial

Opening statements began Monday in the trial of a man and his father accused in the disappearance of Kristin Smart, a former Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student, more than 25 years ago. Paul Flores, a former student who was last seen with Smart in 1996, is accused of killing Smart and getting help from his father, Ruben Flores, to hide her body. Both men pleaded not guilty. The men are being tried separately with two different juries but at the same time. First, Paul Flores’ jury heard opening statements, then they switched with a second jury that began hearing Ruben Flores’ case. In both cases, San Luis Obispo County Deputy District Attorney Chris Peuvrelle began his opening remarks with a number “It’s been 1,359 Sundays since May 26, 1996,” Peuvrelle said, noting the date Kristin Smart disappeared. She was a freshman at Cal Poly, and every Sunday, her family in Stockton eagerly awaited a phone call from her, Peuvrelle said. The prosecutor spoke for nearly an hour and a half, presenting the evidence he believes will show Paul Flores killed Kristin Smart while trying to rape her after an off-campus party.| ABOUT | Timeline of Kristin Smart’s disappearance Peuvrelle said Smart died in Paul’s dorm room and that he and his father, Ruben, later buried her body under the deck at his father’s Arroyo Grande home, evidence from soil samples showed and cadaver dogs. However, the defense called that evidence into question. Paul’s defense attorney, Robert Sanger, pointed out that Smart’s body was never found and no DNA evidence was found. He said it’s a tragic situation.” Christine Smart never came home,” Sanger said. “She is believed to be dead, but there is no evidence of what happened to her after Paul Flores left her in the dorm.” Sanger said Smart would engage in “high-risk behavior” and said her family life was not perfect as the prosecution was. suggesting. The trial for Ruben Flores did not begin until about 3 p.m. The jury in that case heard opening statements from Pouvrelle, a speech very similar to the one he had given in Paul’s case on Monday morning. When it was over, court adjourned for the day before Ruben Flores’ attorney spoke. Both trials will continue tomorrow morning. KCRA 3’s Ty Steele spoke with defense attorney Mark Reichel about why both trials would be held at the same time. Reichel responded, explaining that this is about efficiency. Watch the interview below.

Opening statements began Monday in the trial of a man and his father accused in the disappearance of Kristin Smart, a former Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student, more than 25 years ago.

Paul Flores, a former student who was last seen with Smart in 1996, is accused of killing Smart and getting help from his father, Ruben Flores, to hide her body. Both men pleaded not guilty.

The men are being tried separately with two different juries but at the same time. First, Paul Flores’ jury heard opening statements, then they switched with a second jury that began hearing Ruben Flores’ case.

In both cases, San Luis Obispo County Deputy District Attorney Chris Peuvrelle began his opening statement with a number.

“It’s been 1,359 Sundays since May 26, 1996,” Peuvrelle said, noting the date Kristin Smart went missing.

She was a freshman at Cal Poly, and every Sunday, her family in Stockton eagerly awaited a phone call from her, Peuvrelle said. The prosecutor spoke for nearly an hour and a half, presenting the evidence he believes will show Paul Flores killed Kristin Smart while trying to rape her after an off-campus party.

| ABOUT | Kristin Smart Disappearance Timeline

Peuvrelle said Smart died in Paul’s dorm room and that he and his father, Ruben, later buried her body under the deck at his father’s Arroyo Grande home, pointing to evidence from soil samples and cadaver dogs.

However, the defense disputed this evidence. Paul’s defense attorney, Robert Sanger, pointed out that Smart’s body was never found and no DNA evidence was found.

He said it was a tragic situation.

“Kristin Smart never came home,” Sanger said. “She is believed to be dead, but there is no evidence of what happened to her after Paul Flores left her in the dorm.”

Sanger said Smart would engage in “high-risk behavior” and said her family life was not as perfect as the prosecution suggested.

The trial for Ruben Flores did not begin until about 3 p.m. The jury in that case heard opening statements from Pouvrelle, a speech very similar to the one he had given in Paul’s case on Monday morning. When it was over, court adjourned for the day before Ruben Flores’ attorney spoke.

Both tests will continue tomorrow morning.

KCRA 3’s Ty Steele spoke with defense attorney Mark Reichel about why both trials would be held at the same time. Reichel responded, explaining that this is about efficiency. Watch the interview below.

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