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

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cujenn81

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Oh yeah that was another positive point from one of the previous handlers that testified. She said the same thing about the certification test — that the dog fails if it makes a single mistake. Her dog was required to take the test once a year to maintain the certification. I think she said the dog was certified for 7 years and it never made a single mistake (or never failed the test, IOW).

ETA: I keep remembering stuff. Also! She said beef or food is one of the specific items used to test dogs for false positives on the certification test. If the dog alerts on the food/meat, it obviously fails. Therefore, the defense wasted their time asking Paul’s friends/roommate about food and refrigerators in the dorm room, IMO.

(All of this stuff I’m remembering is covered in the latest YOBY podcast episode.)
 
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There is no doubt in my mind that Paul somehow roofied Kristin that night.

Edited to add: not all of Paul's victims interviewed in the YOB podcast are being called as witnesses, as I recall, but the pattern is clear. Rhonda was only one of them. My heart goes out to all of them.

What a monster.
 

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There is no doubt in my mind that Paul somehow roofied Kristin that night.

Edited to add: not all of Paul's victims interviewed in the YOB podcast are being called as witnesses, as I recall, but the pattern is clear. Rhonda was only one of them. My heart goes out to all of them.

What a monster.
And much gratitude for her (Rhonda’s) testimony. She is wonderfully brave and has my admiration. Justice for Rhonda⚖️
 

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Friday, August 26th:
*Trial continues (Day 17) (@ 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 10-15 (8/10-8/24/22) reference post #878 here:
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/t...s-obispo-25-may-1996-arrests-3.588288/page-44

8/25/22 Thursday, Trial Day 16: State witnesses: Gail LaRoque, certified human remains detection dog handler from 1994-2001 (her boxer, Torrey).
For more info see posts #879 & 880 here:
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/t...s-obispo-25-may-1996-arrests-3.588288/page-44
State witnesses: former girl friend of Paul’s (no name given). Her testimony will continued on Friday.
For more info see posts #885 (article) here:
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/t...s-obispo-25-may-1996-arrests-3.588288/page-45
New request asks judge to allow video for Kristin Smart trial closing arguments & reading of the verdict from 9 news organizations.
Trial continues on 8/26/22.
 
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