SAN LUIS OBISPO (CBSLA/AP) – A San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge Wednesday morning ordered a San Pedro man to stand trial on a murder charge in the 1996 Northern California disappearance of college student Kristin Smart. His father has also been ordered to stand trial for being an accessory after the fact.

Paul Flores and his father Ruben Flores, following their arrests on April 13, 2021, in the 1996 disappearance of Kristin Smart in San Luis Obispo, Calif. (San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office)

San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Craig van Rooyen said there was probable cause Paul Flores, 44, killed the 19-year-old Smart and that Ruben Flores, 80, helped him dispose of her body.

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Paul Flores was the last person seen with a very intoxicated Smart on May 25, 1996, as he helped walk her to her dorm at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo after a party, witnesses said. The two were students there at the time. Prosecutors said he killed Smart while trying to rape her in his dorm room.

Ruben Flores is charged with being an accessory after the fact.

Prosecutors presented evidence that showed Smart’s body may have been buried under a deck behind Ruben Flores’s Arroyo Grande home. Prosecutors said the body had been moved from that location.

Traces of human blood found were found under the deck along with stains in the soil and a disturbance in the earth the size of a human…

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