Split verdict in Kristin Smart murder: Why Paul Flores was found guilty but not his dad, Mark F. Flores
This isn’t the first time Mark F. Flores was found guilty of killing Kristin Smart, his estranged wife.
On Dec. 22, 2010, Mark F. Flores, 51, the father of 18-month-old Paul Flores, was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder, armed criminal action and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. His wife, Kristin, 43, the mother of four, was found murdered in her home.
Mark Flores, father of two
Paul Flores was the victim in the murder of Kristin Smart, his wife.
Mark F. Flores and his daughter.
Mark Flores with his son, Paul, and his daughter, Karla, at the family’s ranch on Jan. 1, 2015.
In 2013, a jury convicted Mark F. Flores on the five charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. The charges and the evidence against him were based on a theory of self-defense.
Mark F. Flores with his attorney, Jeffrey Scott, in 2011.
In the first trial, in 2011, the jury convicted Flores on all charges. In the second trial a year later, the jury convicted him on the lesser charge of second-degree murder.
Mark F. Flores was sentenced to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole after 30 years. Kristin was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Kristin Smart’s daughter, Karla, with her mother, Kristin Smart, in 2010.
Kristin Smart in April 2009.
The Flores family in December 2012.
A post-mortem revealed that Paul was killed from close range and that Kristin had been stabbed 32 times in the chest.
Smart’s family had filed a civil suit against Flores accusing him of killing his wife.
Kristin Smart had filed a civil suit against Mark Flores in 2009 alleging domestic battery and harassment and seeking a restraining order to keep the father of her daughter from her family.
Mark F. Flores and his daughter, Anna T. Flores.
Mark Flores, father of three