Judge denies adding rape charges in Kristin Smart case




SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) – A judge has rejected a prosecutor’s offer to press charges against the man accused of murdering California student Kristin Smart, who went missing 25 years ago.

The San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s Office had sought to add two charges of rape – for offenses allegedly committed in Los Angeles County after Smart’s disappearance – to the lawsuit against Paul Flores in Smart’s death , KEYT reported Wednesday.

The judge ruled against the prosecutor’s request and has set a preliminary hearing in the murder case for August 2, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune.


Paul Flores, now 44, was last seen with Smart on May 25, 1996 at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where they were both freshmen. Prosecutors said he killed Smart while trying to rape her in her dorm after agreeing to walk her home after a party, where she got drunk.


His body has never been found.

Paul Flores’ father, Ruben Flores, has pleaded not guilty to complicity after Smart’s murder. The father and son were arrested in April after investigators from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff‘s Department found “biological evidence” indicating that Smart had previously been buried under the Ruben Flores Bridge behind his home in Arroyo Grande .

Lawyers for Flores have denied that their clients have committed any wrongdoing. A lawyer for Paul Flores on Wednesday called the prosecution’s attempt to add the rape charges a “publicity stunt,” according to KEYT.



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