The girl, recognized as “Angie Doe,” dated the suspect, Paul Flores, for about two years beginning in 2003. She testified in San Luis Obispo Superior Court docket on Tuesday that Flores and his father, Ruben Flores, instructed her to remain out of the yard when she tried to enter it.
Doe mentioned she was within the yard “simply to go searching” and tried to select an avocado from a tree there, The Daily Mail reported.
“I don’t bear in mind if it was Mr. Flores or Ruben, however they direct me away from the avocado bushes,” the 39-year-old instructed the court docket. “They instructed me to return round the home and get away from that space.”
Paul and Ruben Flores stand accused of Sensible’s disappearance and slaying in 1996. Prosecutors have alleged that Ruben helped his son bury Sensible’s physique in his yard.
Doe testified that she didn’t find out about Sensible’s disappearance whereas she dated Flores, and he or she first spoke to police in February. She had, nevertheless, spoken to the Son of Susan – an internet site targeted on the Sensible case – and to Chris Lambert, the host of the podcast “Your Personal Yard” that additionally targeted on the case.
Sensible was final seen with Paul Flores whereas strolling dwelling from a celebration on Might 25, 1996, when each have been faculty freshmen. When the get together ended round 2:30 a.m., Paul Flores walked with Sensible, who was intoxicated, and certainly one of Sensible’s buddies again towards Sensible’s dorm, the outlet has reported.
Prosecutors say Paul Flores killed Sensible after allegedly attempting to rape her in his dorm room. The case went chilly for greater than 20 years, however investigators searched Paul Flores’ dwelling final yr and arrested him in April.
Prosecutors additionally claimed that blood was found beneath Ruben Flores’ deck in an space the place soil had been not too long ago disturbed.
Witness testimony continued this week as a part of a month-long preliminary listening to within the case, throughout which attorneys for the Ruben household tried to tie the case to Scott Peterson, who could have recognized Sensible in faculty.
On the conclusion of the listening to, Superior Court docket Decide Craig van Rooyen will rule whether or not prosecutors established possible trigger to proceed with a trial, The San Luis Obispo reported.
Paul Flores has pleaded not responsible to the costs.