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Preliminary hearing for Paul, Ruben Flores begins Monday

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Posted at 7:43 AM, Aug 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-02 15:30:41-04
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Monday is day one of the preliminary hearing for Paul and Ruben Flores.

The father and son are charged in connection with the 1996 disappearance of Cal Poly freshman Kristin Smart.

Paul, 44, is charged with murder and is being held without bail. Ruben, 80, is charged with accessory after the fact and is currently out of custody.

Both pleaded not guilty following their arrests in April.

The preliminary hearing is expected to last three weeks. Multiple witnesses are being called to testify before the judge rules whether there is enough evidence against Paul and Ruben to move the case forward to trial.

The hearing will not be live streamed as the judge has denied the recording of audio. Electronic devices are also prohibited from being used in court.

KSBY will be in court Monday and will have updates as they become available.

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Susan and Ruben Flores arrive at the SLO Courthouse in advance of Monday's preliminary hearing

What to expect during the preliminary hearing for Paul and Ruben Flores