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Flores preliminary hearing continued until Wednesday

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Posted at 8:53 AM, Aug 16, 2021

UPDATE: Paul and Ruben Flores were back in the courtroom Monday morning, but only for a short time. Following an in-person chambers conference with those involved in the case late Thursday and again Monday morning, the defense submitted a waiver of continuance for the hearing.

It will now pick up again Wednesday at 9 a.m.

The continuance request was reportedly related to discovery. Discovery is a process in which the two sides collect and exchange information about evidence and witnesses in the case.

ORIGINAL STORY: Paul and Ruben Flores return to the courtroom Monday morning for week three of their preliminary hearing in connection with the Kristin Smart case.

The two are charged in the disappearance and death of Smart, who disappeared from the Cal Poly campus in 1996. Her body has never been found.

Last week, a cadaver dog handler, retired detective, an ex-girlfriend of Paul Flores and others testified.

Another woman named Jennifer Hudson testified she may have heard Paul confess to burying Kristin.

It's likely the court will hear more from her on Monday.

The preliminary hearing, which allows the court to examine evidence and determine if there is enough evidence for a trial, is expected to last through at least part of next week.

Stay with KSBY and for updates from court throughout the day.