“Your Own Backyard” podcaster Chris Lambert received’t testify in the course of the preliminary listening to for Paul and Ruben Flores.
The choice was made in court docket Wednesday morning by San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Craig van Rooyen, who granted a movement to quash a subpoena that might have required Lambert to supply paperwork associated to the Kristin Smart case.
Van Rooyen cited the Shield Law and First Amendment rights when saying the ruling.
Both Paul and Ruben are charged in reference to Smart’s dying. She was a Cal Poly freshman when she disappeared after attending an off-campus celebration in 1996.
Paul is charged with Smart’s homicide and his father, Ruben, is charged as an adjunct.
Kristin’s physique has by no means been found, however she was declared legally lifeless in 2002.
Lambert’s 12-episode podcast delves into Kristin’s disappearance and consists of interviews with multiple individuals, a few of whom Lambert didn’t determine, and covers potential proof in the case.
In court docket on Tuesday, two archaeologists have been referred to as to the stand to testify a couple of search carried out at Ruben’s Arroyo Grande dwelling on March 15 and 16 of this yr.
They used ground-penetrating radar on 11 totally different spots on the property in search of human stays and mentioned they recognized 4 anomalies of curiosity the place the soil confirmed a disturbance beneath the floor.
Following the ruling Wednesday, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Detective Clint Cole took the stand as soon as once more, telling the court docket that he transported some gadgets of proof from the March search at Ruben’s dwelling to a lab.
Forensic serologist Angela Butler then took the stand, testifying that human blood was found in soil samples taken from Ruben’s property on White Court.
She examined the soil samples at a serological lab in Richmond, California the place she’s a senior analyst and lab supervisor.
Butler testified that 5 soil samples taken in the course of the March search examined constructive for human blood, and one other eight soil samples taken throughout an April search examined constructive for human blood.
She defined that no DNA was detected in any of those samples.
She mentioned there was both not sufficient there to detect or there might have been some however it might have degraded.
Butler additionally defined that the samples have been damp and there is micro organism in the soil which might additional clarify why there was no human DNA detected.
She additionally swabbed a chunk of plywood from a trailer on Ruben’s property for DNA however mentioned she didn’t discover the DNA of Kristin Smart or Paul or Ruben Flores.
Under cross-examination, the protection questioned whether or not Butler was 100-percent sure there was human blood in the samples and he or she mentioned sure.
In one of many samples, Butler mentioned there have been some small clumps of fabric which have been dark-colored orange, brown, and barely reddish fibers which she gave again to steer Detective Clint Cole.
Two extra individuals testified in the course of the afternoon portion of the listening to.
San Luis Obispo Police Patrol Lieutenant Robert Cudworth was working with Cal Poly police in 1996.
He testified that on May 28, 1996, he interviewed Paul Flores about what he mentioned occurred the evening Kristin disappeared.
Cudworth mentioned Paul didn’t have a black eye on the time, however that he did have scrapes on his knee and what seemed to be a black eye throughout one other interview with Paul on May 31, 1996.
JT Camp, an investigator with the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office, was additionally again on the stand. He talked about a few of the gadgets found in Kristin’s dorm room, together with a bank card, Social Security card and checkbook with a Stockton deal with on all of it belonging to her.
Camp says these gadgets have been delivered to the DA’s Office in August of this yr from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.
The listening to is anticipated to select up once more Thursday. After that, there can be a break till Sept. 20.