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Kristin Smart case: Accused killer Paul Flores loses bid to have case dismissed weeks before trial


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Defense attorneys for Paul Flores, the man accused of killing California student Kristin Smart in 1996, unsuccessfully filed a motion on Monday to dismiss the pretrial murder case because of “scandalous conduct of the government,” according to reports.

Paul Flores is due to stand trial in a courtroom in Monterey County, California in early July. The two sides met Monday for preliminary hearings to discuss several motions and issues related to the case, including the motion to dismiss and jury proceedings, according to KKFX FOX 11 reporter Dave Alley.

The motion would have been sealed. At a hearing related to the claim on Monday, defense attorney Robert Sanger called San Luis Obispo County Assistant District Attorney Dan Dow to testify and asked him about his knowledge of the misinformation. allegedly circulated by sheriff’s office staff regarding the case, among other charges, FOX 11 reported. The move was also believed to be linked to a cell phone seizure, FOX 11 reported.

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Prosecutors accused Flores of killing Smart when he tried to rape her in her dorm. Flores was reportedly the last person seen with Smart on May 25, 1996, when, according to witnesses, he accompanied her to her dormitory at California Polytechnic State University. She was described as appearing drunk at the time.

Paul and Ruben Flores were arrested in April last year and have pleaded not guilty in the death of Kristin Smart. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office

Flores’ next murder trial was originally scheduled to take place in San Luis Obispo County, where the crimes are believed to have occurred. But a judge ruled in April that Flores would instead be tried about 240 miles northwest of San Luis Obispo in Monterey County, in an effort to ensure he gets a fair trial.

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Flores’ father, Ruben Flores, 80, was accused of helping his son dispose of the victim’s body.

Paul and Ruben Flores have pleaded not guilty to their respective charges. More than 25 years later, Smart’s remains have not been found.

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The San Luis Obispo Tribune reported that the couple’s attorneys previously filed a motion to dismiss the case, arguing that prosecutors did not have enough evidence.

The last motion filed would have been sealed.




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