The defense team in Kristin Smart's murder trial is planning to call Scott Peterson to the stand.

The legal team for Paul Flores, the man accused of killing Kristin Smart, wanted to bring Peterson to the stand to testify. However, it is still unclear what he may testify for, CBS Sacramento reported.

According to Flores' lawyers, Scott Peterson and Kristin Smart knew each other while they both attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) more than 20 years ago.

At one point, investigators looked at Scott Peterson as a potential suspect in Smart's disappearance. However, they could not find a connection.

Scott Peterson has been in jail since 2005 after he was given a death sentence for allegedly murdering his wife, who was pregnant with their child at the time. 

But last summer, the California Supreme Court overturned his death sentence after ruling that the jury selection was impartial and the sentencing was unfair.

Kristin Smart's Disappearance

Kristin Smart was 19 years old at the time of her disappearance. She was last seen on May 25, 1996, walking back to her dorm after an off-campus party. No remains were found after many years.

Smart was a freshman at Cal Poly at the time of her disappearance. Based on a timeline compiled by the New York Times, Smart left the party at around 2:00 a.m. with Paul Flores.

Flores was also a student at the university and is currently charged with Smart's murder. Flores told investigators at the time that he only walked with Smart to his dorm, and they parted ways.

Three days after she was last seen, a missing-person report was filed with the campus police for Kristin Smart. Police investigators noted that Flores was the last person to see Smart before she disappeared 25 years ago.

The case became quite since Smart's family declared her legally dead in 2002. But on April 13, 2021, police announced that they had arrested two men from California for the disappearance of Kristin Smart, and they were Paul Flores and his father, Ruben Flores.

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Who is Scott Peterson?

Scott Peterson is a convicted murder who was initially sentenced to death for the murders of his wife Laci and their unborn child in 2002.

On Christmas Eve of 2002, Laci Peterson, who was eight months pregnant, was reported missing. Her husband, Scott Peterson, caught the eye of investigators for his seeming lack of interest in his lost wife.

According to Rolling Stone, Peterson seemed to not be concerned and refused to cooperate with the police in the investigation. 

He also refused to take a polygraph test that could prove his innocence. He then became the prime suspect for the murders of his family.

On April 18, 2003, authorities arrested Scott Peterson in La Jolla, California. On the same day, two bodies washed ashore in San Francisco Bay were confirmed to be Laci Peterson and their son.

While Peterson's death sentence has been overturned, his conviction still stands.

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Written by: Jess Smith

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