Still Missing CA - Kristin Smart, 19, San Luis Obispo, 25 May 1996 *arrests* #2

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    https://www.sanluisobispo.com/article252260013.html
     


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    Wednesday, June 23rd:
    *Pre-Preliminary Hearing for both (@ 1:30pm PT) - CA - Kristin Denise Smart (19) (missing May 25, 1996 while walking back to her dorm from a off campus frat party at Cal Poly, reported missing on May 26, 1996, San Luis Obispo) - *Paul Ruben Flores (19 @ time of crime/44) arrested & charged (4/13/21) & arraigned (4/15/21) with 1st degree murder. Plead not guilty. No bond.
    *Ruben Ricardo Flores (55 @ time of crime/80) arrested & charged (4/13/21) & arraigned (4/15/21) with accessory to murder after the fact. Plead not guilty. $250K bond. Has posted bond, out of jail.
    Case info reference post #545 here:
    Still Missing - CA - Kristin Smart, 19, San Luis Obispo, 25 May 1996 *arrests* #2

    5/17/21 Update: Had pre preliminary hearing. Will be back before a judge once more on 6/21/21 before the preliminary hearing is set to begin July 6. It’s expected to take 12 days and will be an opportunity for both sides to present their cases before the judge, who will decide whether there is enough evidence to move forward with the charges against the pair. Prosecutor Chris Peuvrelle also stated before the judge Monday that additional discovery would be presented.
    6/21/21 Update: Paul & Ruben Flores appear virtually in court with attorneys for a pre-preliminary hearing. Judge likely to decide if cameras will be allowed in the courtroom moving forward. An attorney representing NBCNews & KSBY is arguing a motion to allow audio & visual recording of the case. He says it would allow people to see/hear & understand the criminal justice process in such a high profile case. Robert Sanger, Paul Flores's attorney, objects & is asking for no cameras in the court saying there is no right to cover it in that way. Judge van Rooyen says preliminary hearing will not be livestreamed & rules that no cameras will be allowed in the courtroom. His reasoning is to have a "fair jury" & to protect potential trial witnesses. Still photos & video are allowed, but no filming of witnesses or audience & no audio. Judge van Rooyen also issued a gag order. Prosecution has requested another pre-preliminary hearing to be held 6/23/21. Preliminary hearing set for 7/6/21 for 12 days.
     
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    Kristin Smart case: Paul, Ruben Flores in-person hearings date set
    There is a pre-preliminary hearing today at 1:30 pm
     
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    Dave Alley @DaveAlleyTV 1m
    Paul Flores, along with his father Ruben Flores, are scheduled to appear in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon. It will be the second court appearance this week for the two defendants in the Kristin Smart murder case.

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    Paul and Ruben Flores return to court Wednesday afternoon for third pre-preliminary hearing |...
    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Paul Flores, along with his father Ruben Flores are scheduled to appear in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court on Wednesday
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    It's angering (toward the suspects, not LE) that LE still hasn't found Kristin yet, even though they said they had an idea of the area she was moved to.
    I'd hoped they would have been able to before the trial, maybe with the help of dogs, etc. It must be a large or difficult area. So maddening, and I wonder the liklihood now.
     
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    Yes, it's concerning that they still haven't found any remains yet & the fact that it took 25 years to arrest PF/RF for this crime.

    Was the "trace evidence" (if that's the right terminology) that KS was buried at the various properties enough to give the authorities justification to arrest PF & RF, or was it something else?! In other words, I hope that the evidence they have is enough to keep at least PF in jail for a long time. Hopefully this will all come out at the trial.

    In the "Up and Adam in the morning" radio interview from April 2021, CL stated that there was info./evidence?! about the case that hadn't been disclosed yet - even during the "In Your Own Backyard" podcast.
     
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    Dave Alley @DaveAlleyTV Jun 23
    UPDATE: A pre-preliminary hearing for Paul Flores, along with his father Ruben Flores, that was scheduled Wednesday afternoon in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court has been canceled. The next court date is July 6, when the preliminary hearing is set to begin. #KristinSmart

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    I still cannot believe they released Ruben, while in the same breath admitting that the and *** Paul had recently moved Kristin's body. Further, there was evidence of her body being under the deck!

    He may be elderly, but he is notoriously active around his home around the neighborhood. If he could help move a body again after 25 years, he's able-bodied enough to further interfere with the investigation. Just a disgrace IMO.
     
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    Disgraceful yes. But gold if he, wittingly or otherwise brings LE right to her remains.

    JMO
     
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    Matt Fountain @MattFountain1 Jun 30
    The scheduled preliminary hearing for Paul & Ruben Flores in #KristinSmart murder case will not go forward next week. Will be bumped by at least a week as the defense obtains more discovery, attorney said.


    KSBY @KSBY Jun 30
    Start to evidence hearing in case against Paul, Ruben Flores delayed. #KristinSmart

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    Start to evidence hearing in case against Paul, Ruben Flores delayed
    The evidence hearing in the case against Paul Flores and his father, Ruben, won’t begin next week as originally planned.
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    Pre-preliminary hearing set for Tuesday the 6th at 8:30am D5
     
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    Preliminary hearing in Kristin Smart murder case postponed
     
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    CV020315 07/07/2021 08:30 D2 James P Lemieux Ex Parte Hearing
    this hearing is set for Wednesday

    FLORES, PAUL 21F-02402-A 07/06/2021 08:30 D5 Robert M Sanger Pre-Preliminary Hearing
    FLORES, RUBEN 21F-02402-B 07/06/2021 08:30 D5 Harold V. Mesick Pre-Preliminary Hearing
     
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    This morning the court site has changed to ONLY for Ruben Flores for pre-preliminary hearing.

    Tuesday, July 6th:
    *Pre-Preliminary Hearing (@ 8:30am PT) - CA - Kristin Denise Smart (19) (missing May 25, 1996 while walking back to her dorm from a off campus frat party at Cal Poly, reported missing on May 26, 1996, San Luis Obispo) - *Paul Ruben Flores (19 @ time of crime/44) arrested & charged (4/13/21) & arraigned (4/15/21) with 1st degree murder. Plead not guilty. No bond.
    Only for *Ruben Ricardo Flores (55 @ time of crime/80) arrested & charged (4/13/21) & arraigned (4/15/21) with accessory to murder after the fact. Plead not guilty. $250K bond. Bond was lower to $50K. Has posted bond (4/22/21), out of jail.
    Case info from 5/17/21 reference post #562 here:
    Still Missing - CA - Kristin Smart, 19, San Luis Obispo, 25 May 1996 *arrests* #2

    6/21/21 Update: Paul & Ruben Flores appear virtually in court with attorneys for a pre-preliminary hearing. Judge likely to decide if cameras will be allowed in the courtroom moving forward. An attorney representing NBCNews & KSBY is arguing a motion to allow audio & visual recording of the case. He says it would allow people to see/hear & understand the criminal justice process in such a high profile case. Robert Sanger, Paul Flores's attorney, objects & is asking for no cameras in the court saying there is no right to cover it in that way. Judge van Rooyen says preliminary hearing will not be livestreamed & rules that no cameras will be allowed in the courtroom. His reasoning is to have a "fair jury" & to protect potential trial witnesses. Still photos & video are allowed, but no filming of witnesses or audience & no audio. Judge van Rooyen also issued a gag order. Prosecution has requested another pre-preliminary hearing to be held 6/23/21. Preliminary hearing set for 7/6/21 for 12 days.
    6/23/21 Update: Superior Court Judge Craig van Rooyen said that this afternoon's hearing for Paul & Ruben Flores in Kristin's murder case is cancelled & the preliminary will move forward to July 6. It will not be live streamed & media coverage will be limited. The parties discussed the scheduling for the preliminary hearing on 7/6/21.
    6/29/21 Update: During a virtual hearing Defense attorney Robert Sanger motioned to the court to push back the scheduled start of the preliminary hearing set for 7/6/21. Sanger is still waiting to receive discovery from the prosecution. Judge Jacquelyn Duffy granted the motion. Judge Duffy set a date for a pre-preliminary hearing for 7/6/21 @ 8:30am & Superior Court Judge van Rooyen may select a new date for the preliminary hearing at that time.
    7/6/21 Update: Court site shows pre preliminary hearing on 7/6/21 only for Ruben Flores.
     
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    FLORES, RUBEN 21F-02402-B 07/06/2021 08:30 D5 Harold V. Mesick Pre-Preliminary Hearing
    FLORES, PAUL 21F-02402-A 07/06/2021 08:30 D5 Robert M Sanger Pre-Preliminary Hearing
    CV020315 07/07/2021 08:30 D2 James P Lemieux Ex Parte Hearing
     
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    Okay - I know what I did earlier.... I searched for Ruben, instead of Flores....:rolleyes:
    Well too late for me to change my notes up above -
     
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