Closing arguments underway in Kristin Smart’s murder trial

The man on trial for murdering Kristin Smart, last seen leaving a college party in 1996, “is guilty as sin,” prosecutors said during their closing arguments .

After more than two months of testimony, attorneys on Monday delivered their closing arguments in the case of Paul Flores, the last person who saw Smart alive more than 25 years ago. He was tried alongside his father, Ruben, who is accused of helping his son cover up the brutal murder, although the men are facing separate trials.

Final arguments in the case of the elder Flores are scheduled for Tuesday, according to San Luis Obispo Tribuneone of many outlets allowed to view legal proceedings.

“Justice delayed should not be justice denied,” San Luis Obispo District Attorney Christopher Peurvelle told jurors. “Now you know the truth of what happened.”

Smart, then a freshman at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, was last seen alive around 2 a.m. on May 25, 1996. She was intoxicated at the time and left a party with Paul Flores, who has long maintains his innocence in the case. He stated that he walked Smart part of the way home before returning to his own bedroom, but prosecutors argued that the couple returned together to the bedroom, where Flores killed her during an attempted rape.

Kristin Smart, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo student who disappeared in 1996.
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His body has not yet been found. Investigators, however, now believe their remains were recently moved from under the bridge attached to an Arroyo Grande home owned by the accused killer’s father.

“It’s been 1,370 Sundays since Stan and Denise Smart waited for that phone call — the phone call that never came,” Peuvrelle told jurors before gesturing toward Ruben Flores. “He was under his bridge.”

Peuvrelle added: “We have no body, but we have blood.”

The lawyer of Paul Flores, Robert Sanger, in response, argued that the prosecution did not prove that Smart was killed, and even that the act was done by his client.

“There’s no evidence of a murder, so that’s really the end of it,” he said.

If convicted, Paul, who is charged with Smart’s murder, faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life behind bars. He is currently in custody at the Monterey County Jail.

Ruben, currently out of custody, is charged as an accessory and faces a maximum of three years in prison.

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