CA KRISTIN SMART: Missing from San Luis Obispo, CA - 25 May 1996 - Age 19 *PAUL FLORES GUILTY*


Kristin was last seen on May 25, 1996. Her nickname is Roxy. FOUL PLAY IS SUSPECTED.
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Smart was a freshman architecture major at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, California in 1996. She departed from an off-campus party and headed for her dormitory at approximately 1:30 and 2:00 a.m. on May 25, 1996. At the party, Smart was acting as if she was intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. When she left the gathering, she was having trouble walking.

Smart was accompanied by a female acquaintance and another student from the university, Paul R. Flores, when she left the party. Her friend separated from Smart and Flores at the intersection of Perimeter Road and Grand Avenue on the college campus.

Flores allegedly told Smart's friend that he would see Smart to her home. She was last seen walking north on Grand Avenue with Flores, towards Muir Hall, her dormitory. Smart has never been heard from again. She was not carrying any identification, cash or personal belongings at the time she vanished.

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Longtime attorney for Kristin Smart's family looks back at case after killer's sentencing​

The key players responsible for solving, prosecuting and sending Paul Flores to prison for the murder of Kristin Smart have come and gone over the past 26 years, but one person who has remained committed to the case from the very beginning is the Smart family's attorney, James Murphy.

KSBY News anchor Richard Gearhart sat down with Murphy recently to have him reflect on his years of involvement and get his perspective on the case.

Murphy spent more than a quarter of a century trying to get justice for longtime missing Cal Poly student Kristin Smart and her family. He says it has always been apparent to him who was behind her disappearance and death.

“I think it was pretty clear who the person responsible was, and I've actually been accusing him of the crime since day one," Murphy said. "Once I got enough information, I wanted to let him know that he was never going to get away with that. In fact, I ended 50 interviews over the years by looking in the camera going, 'Paul, we're going to get you.'”

And that’s exactly what Murphy did.

For years, Paul Flores was prime suspect in Kristin Smart’s murder. What cracked the case?
Former San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ed Williams told The Tribune in May 1997 that Kristin Smart’s murder would never be solved unless Paul Flores, the sole suspect in the case, admitted to law enforcement that he was responsible.

Flores still maintains his innocence more than 26 years later, but he was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life for Smart’s murder.

Monterey County Superior Court Judge Jennifer O’Keefe told Flores during his March sentencing that he is a “cancer to society,” and deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Paul Flores planning to appeal Kristin Smart murder conviction​

Paul Flores is planning to appeal his conviction for the murder of Kristin Smart.

A notice of appeal was filed with Monterey County Superior Court on April 10 by Flores' attorney, Robert Sanger.

Sanger represented Flores throughout his lengthy preliminary hearing in 2021 and then months-long jury trial in 2022 in Monterey County.

The recently-filed documents request that a court appointed attorney be assigned to Flores for his appeal.

The Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District, confirmed with KSBY that it has received the pending appeal.

Flores, 46, is currently housed at North Kern State Prison in Delano, a reception center in Kern County. Following his evaluation there, he will likely then be transferred somewhere else to serve out his sentence.

UPDATED MAY 26, 2023 10:40 AM

Twenty-seven years ago, Denise Smart was at a swim meet. It was 1996, and her two youngest children, Matt and Lindsey, were competing in an annual Memorial Day weekend competition in Stockton.

It was the first her oldest daughter, Kristin, wasn’t there for. Kristin was away at college — Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo — finishing up her freshman year.

That day, Denise received the phone call no parent can imagine: Her daughter was missing. Cal Poly officials told Denise that Kristin likely went camping for the weekend, but a motherly instinct told her that wasn’t the case.

So she called Kristin’s roommates, who said Kristin had left behind her backpack, ID and other essential belongings.

“It was just immediately off-kilter,” Denise recalled with goosebumps forming on her arms. “I was immediately concerned.” Upon receiving the news, Denise’s husband Stan drove at once to San Luis Obispo.

He hoped Kristin would have returned to Cal Poly by the time he arrived there. He thought he would just have to give his daughter a lecture.

But that moment never happened, and neither Stan nor Denise could predict the unending nightmare that would unfold from that day.


Lengthy article at link. ~Summer

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