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Judge Rules There's Sufficient Evidence For Paul Flores To Stand Trial For 1996 Murder Of Central Coast College Student Kristen Smart

Photo courtesy Smart family
Cal Poly SLO student Kristen Smart was murdered in 1996. A judge has ruled there is sufficient evidence for Paul Flores, the man accused of attacking and killing her, to stand trial.

Judge also ruled that Flores' father will stand trial as accessory in killing of Smart.

A judge has ruled there is sufficient evidence for the man accused in the September 1996 murder of a Central Coast college student to stand trial for her death.

Paul Flores is accused of killing Kristen Smart. They were both Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students. Prosecutors say they had been at an off-campus party, and Flores walked her back to campus. They say he attacked, and killed her in his dorm room, and then disposed of her body.

More than three weeks of testimony was presented in a preliminary hearing which wrapped up on Monday. There’s no word on when the trial might actually start.

Flores pled not guilty to charges related to the 19-year-old student’s death. His father, Ruben Flores, pled not guilty to being an accessory to the killing.

The judge also ruled there is sufficient evidence for the father to stand trial.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.