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Charges Filed in Kristin Smart’s Disappearance
Prosecutors announced charges, including murder, in the case of Ms. Smart, a California college student who disappeared as she walked back to her dorm in 1996.
This morning I’m announcing the filing of a felony criminal complaint against two men, Paul Flores and his father, Ruben Flores. The charge against Paul Flores is murder. It is alleged that Mr. Flores caused the death of Kristin Smart while in the commission of or attempted rape. That is first-degree murder under California law. Ruben is charged with accessory after the fact to murder. The allegation against Ruben is that he helped to conceal Kristin’s body after the murder was committed. Significant new information has come in to the sheriff’s office that we’ve reviewed over the last two years, and some very important information just a month ago. We’ve got physical evidence. We have witness statements, things that, in our view, in the totality, have brought us to the point where we believe we can go forward and prosecute Mr. Flores for the murder of Kristin Smart. No-body homicides are obviously complicated and difficult, but they’re no less important. In fact, they’re incredibly important for the victim’s family because they want closure, as do the Smarts in this case. So they’re complicated, they’re difficult, but we don’t make a decision to file unless we believe we can prove the case. And so our team of exceptional professionals and very experienced prosecutors and investigators are going to do everything we can to solve this case successfully and hold Mr. Flores accountable for the murder of Kristin Smart.
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