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One verdict in, second still pending in Kristin Smart murder trial

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is reporting major developments in the investigation into the 1996 disappearance of Cal Poly student Kristen Smart.
Photo courtesy Smart family
One verdict is in, but a second jury is still deliberating in the Kristin Smart case. The Cal Poly student disappeared in 1995, and a former classmate, Paul Flores, is charged with her murder.

Jury has a verdict in the trial of Ruben Flores, who's accused of being an accessory to Smart's murder. His son Paul Flores is charged with killing her.

One verdict is in, and a second is still up in the air in the case of the death of a Central Coast college student more than a quarter of a century ago.

Paul Flores is charged with murdering Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student Kristin Smart. She disappeared in May of 1996, after Flores was seen walking her back to school from an off-campus party. Her body was never recovered.

His father is also facing charges. Ruben Flores is accused of helping to dispose of Smart’s body. They both pled not guilty to the charges they are facing. They were tried together, but each one of them has a separate jury.

The jury is in for Ruben Flores, but the one deciding Paul Flores' fate is still deliberating. The judge hearing the case decided if one jury came in early with a verdict, they would wait until the other was ready as well, so they could be read at the same time.

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.