In Kristin Smart Murder Trial Closing Argument, Prosecutors Tell Jurors They Don’t Need a Body to Convict
, 2022-10-03 18:00:25,
There has been a wealth of circumstantial evidence, and some compelling physical evidence in the trial of Paul Flores and his father Ruben Flores. And the Monterey County jury was listening to closing arguments on Monday.
The defense rested last week in the months-long trial of the Floreses — who are being tried together but by separate juries. As we’ve reported here previously, the prosecution’s case hinges on multiple witnesses who went to school with Kristin Smart and Paul Flores at Cal Poly in 1996, several of whom testified to the fact that Flores appeared obsessed with Smart in the months before her disappearance, and even “hunted” her at her dorm room. Flores was the last to see Smart alive, and at least one witness saw him walking a very incapacitated — possibly drugged — Smart back toward his dorm, after he said he was walking her back to her dorm following an off-campus frat party.
Flores was seen with a black eye at a basketball game in the ensuing days — a black eye he told investigators he got playing basketball, though other players said he already had it when he arrived.
And a cadaver dog responded to the area of Flores’s dorm-room mattress as well as his first-floor window — with the prosecutors’ theory that Flores kept Smart’s lifeless body in the room for some period of time before getting help from his family to load her out the window into a waiting vehicle.
Smart’s remains have never been found, but several experts testified to the appearance…
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