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Jury deliberations resume in case of Central Coast college student prosecutors say was killed in 1995

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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student Kristen Smart disappeared in May on 1995. Prosecutors claim classmate Paul Flores attacked, and killed her in his dorm room. Her body was never recovered.

Paul Flores is accused of killing Cal Poly San Luis Obispo classmate Kristin Smart. His father, Ruben Flores, is charged with helping to deal with her body.

Jury deliberations resumed Thursday in the trial of the man charged with killing a Central Coast college student more than quarter of a century ago.

Paul Flores is accused of the May, 1995 slaying of Kristin Smart.

The two were classmates at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Flores walked Smart back to campus after a party. Prosecutors claim that he killed her in his dorm room during a sexual assault. Her body was never found.

His father is accused of being an accessory to the crime, helping to dispose of her remains. They both entered not guilty pleas.

The father and son were tried together, but have separate juries. The case went to the juries late last week, but a planned court shutdown meant that deliberations were suspended for the first three days of this week.

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.