A preliminary listening to within the Kristin Sensible murder case started Monday with an emotional testimony from her mom as she fielded questions from California prosecutors about her relationship with the lacking faculty scholar.
Denise Sensible spoke about her different youngsters and the way Kristin missed out on main milestones and accomplishments and the efforts by her and her husband to seek out their daughter, a 19-year-old California Polytechnic State College scholar who vanished on Could 24, 1996 whereas strolling house from a celebration.
“She at all times felt like a present to our household,” Denise Sensible stated. “She was so energetic and had an incredible smile. She was one of the best hugger.”
The listening to is a part of the prison case towards Paul and Ruben Flores, who each appeared in courtroom, and is predicted to final 12 days, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reported.
Paul Flores, 44, was the final individual seen with Sensible. They had been each freshmen on the faculty when she disappeared. Prosecutors allege he killed her throughout an tried rape in his dorm room.
Ruben Flores, Paul’s 80-year-old father, is charged as an adjunct and is alleged to have helped conceal the physique.
Each have pleaded not responsible. Greater than two dozen ladies have accused Paul Flores of sexual misconduct over time, in response to courtroom paperwork.
Sensible’s physique has by no means been recovered however prosecutors consider it was buried on the property of Ruben Flores and just lately moved.
Beneath cross-examination by protection legal professional Robert Sanger, legal professional for Paul Flores, Denise Sensible stated her daughter had visited Thailand as soon as on a household journey and by no means stated something about wanting to go to the nation within the spring of 1996. An legal professional for Ruben Flores requested Sensible’s mom if she was conscious of three alleged sightings of her daughter at Taco Bell eating places.
She stated she was not. She was additionally requested if she was conscious Kristin Sensible went lacking briefly whereas working as a lifeguard in Hawaii, in response to the Tribune.
Denise Sensible testified that her daughter did not have the monetary means or assets to depart and disappear.
She stated Kristin wasn’t “notably comfortable” on the college earlier within the 12 months however was extra optimistic when the household noticed her that spring. She stated the college was not conscious Sensible was lacking when the household contacted them.
On the conclusion of the listening to, Superior Court docket Decide Craig van Rooyen will rule whether or not prosecutors have established possible trigger to proceed to trial.
Different witnesses anticipated to testify through the listening to embrace investigators, witnesses, cadaver canine specialists and ladies who’ve accused Paul Flores of sexual assault.
Paul Flores faces as much as life in jail if convicted of first-degree homicide. His father faces as much as three years for the accent cost. He stays out on bond.