, 2022-09-19 23:34:33,
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The trial for Paul and Ruben Flores continued Monday with testimony from a forensic DNA analyst who confirmed the presence of human blood in soil samples from the Flores’ property.
After a week-long break, Monday’s hearing began with testimony from Angela Butler, a senior forensic DNA analyst and Laboratory Supervisor at Seri Lab assigned to the Kristin Smart case.
Previous witness testimony indicates that detectives with the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department sent evidence to Seri Lab in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022, some of which they collected from Ruben Flores’ home in Arroyo Grande, at 710 White Ct.
The prosecution believes that Paul and Ruben Flores buried Smart’s body there at some point.
Butler testified that she received two soil samples from the Sheriff’s Office in March of 2021, one labeled “Upper Soil Sample” and another labeled “Deeper Soil Sample,” both presumably from Ruben Flores’ property. Butler said she sorted through the samples to find pieces that look “unusual.”
Butler described finding fibers of “various colors” in the samples, which she noted were “very unusual.”
After extracting liquid from the soil samples, she performed a confirmatory test for blood.
The test for the…
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