Still Missing CA - Kristin Smart, 19, San Luis Obispo, 25 May 1996 *arrests* #3

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Tuesday, August 16th:
*Trial continues (Day 14) (@ 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, still missing; legally declared dead on May 25, 2002) – *Paul Ruben Flores (19 @ time of crime/44/now 45) arrested (4/13/21), charged (4/14/21) & arraigned (10/20/21) with 1st degree murder. Plead not guilty. No bond.
*Ruben Ricardo Flores (55 @ time of crime/80/now 81) arrested (4/13/21), charged (4/14/21) & arraigned (10/20/21) 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.
Trial began on 7/18/22 with opening statements for Paul in am & Ruben in pm (which was continued on 7/21/22).
Paul’s attorney Robert Sanger & Ruben’s is Harold V. Mesick. Prosecutor is Christopher Peuvrelle. Judge Jennifer O’Keefe presiding.
Judge O’Keefe has blocked defense attorney Sanger from suggesting someone else killed Smart unless he can provide evidence of direct involvement.
Trial has been moved from San Luis Obispo County to Monterey County in Salinas. For 2 juries each: 12 jurors & 8 alternates; Paul’s: 8 men & 12 women & Ruben’s: 9 men & 10 women (still waiting for correction). 8/4/22: Another juror from Ruben's jury is out this morning & an alternate was sworn in to replace them. So now the count is correct at 19. 8/10/22: Sick juror did not return, alternate sworn in. Paul’s: 7 men & 12 women & Ruben’s: 9 men & 10 women. (a guess on genders).

Case & court info from 5/17/21 thru Final Jury Selection Day 1-2 (7/11 & 7/12/22 for Ruben) & 7/14 thru 7/19/22 & Trial Day 1-4 (7/18, 7/21-7/25/22) & 7/26/22 & Trial Day 5-9 (8/1 to 8/8/22), (no court on 8/9/22) & Trial Day 10-12 (8/10-8/12/22) reference post #819 here:
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/t...s-obispo-25-may-1996-arrests-3.588288/page-41

8/15/22 Monday, Trial Day 13: State witnesses: DA Investigator James JT Camp back on stand. Adele Morris, a professional dog handler who specialized in Human Remains Detection since 1986.
For more info see posts #824, 825, 827 to 830, 832 to 834, 836 to 840 here:
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/t...s-obispo-25-may-1996-arrests-3.588288/page-42
Morris will be back on the stand for cross-examination. Trial continues on 8/16/22.
 

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What are everyone’s thoughts so far? The cadaver dog testimony sounds pretty compelling. I’ve always been kinda meh about dog searches because it just seems like there are so many variables to consider, but I was definitely persuaded by this woman
 

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What are everyone’s thoughts so far? The cadaver dog testimony sounds pretty compelling. I’ve always been kinda meh about dog searches because it just seems like there are so many variables to consider, but I was definitely persuaded by this woman
I mean, I think he's totally guilty and I think so far the trial is making him look guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

The dog testimony (that makes it sound like the dog took to the stand!) definitely is compelling I agree. So far, everything points towards Paul and the defence has been flimsy at best and incompetently desperate for the rest.
 

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I mean, I think he's totally guilty and I think so far the trial is making him look guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

The dog testimony (that makes it sound like the dog took to the stand!) definitely is compelling I agree. So far, everything points towards Paul and the defence has been flimsy at best and incompetently desperate for the rest.

Totally agree with you! Wish they would have found Kristin under the house... :( What do you think about Ruben - guilty? or not? Not much has been presented on him - yet.
 

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Totally agree with you! Wish they would have found Kristin under the house... :( What do you think about Ruben - guilty? or not? Not much has been presented on him - yet.
Ruben? I think he's guilty, but like you say, the jury haven't had much regarding him yet. But if Paul is guilty, then it's pretty hard to exclude Ruben's involvement from it. Following that thread though, I would expect Paul's mother to have something to answer for too.
 

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I think for me, the biggest shock in all of this, is seeing how an alleged predator can live for so many years, leaving a trail of so many victims and near misses, with total impunity.

For me it highlights just how far we've come in the last 20 years in terms of recognising inappropriate behaviour and violence against women. We are not there yet, but we're in a healthier place than we were in 1996.
 
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