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Suspects to stand trial in Kristin Smart disappearance

San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Craig van Rooyen mentioned Wednesday there was possible trigger that 44-year-old Paul Flores killed Kristin at Cal Poly in 1996.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — A San Pedro man accused of killing his former Cal Poly San Luis Obispo classmate Kristin Smart, who was final seen strolling again to the faculty dormitories from an off-campus occasion 25 years in the past, was ordered Wednesday to stand trial for homicide.

Paul Ruben Flores — who had lengthy been described as a “prime suspect” by authorities — was arrested in April at his residence in San Pedro and charged a day later with killing the 19-year-old freshman, whose physique has not been discovered.

On Wednesday, San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Craig van Rooyen discovered ample proof to maintain Flores, 44, over for trial on a homicide cost. Flores’ father, 80-year-old Ruben Flores, was ordered to stand trial on a cost of being an confederate to the killing, for allegedly serving to his son eliminate Smart’s physique.

The felony grievance alleges that Flores killed Smart on May 25, 1996, whereas he was “engaged in the commission of, or attempting to commit, the crime of rape.”

Smart was final seen strolling again to her dorm with Flores — each have been then 19-year-old school freshmen — at about 2 a.m. that day, authorities mentioned. She was reported lacking three days later.

Prosecutors contend he killed the intoxicated Smart whereas attempting to sexually assault her.

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