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The jury considering the fate of Ruben Flores, who is accused of aiding his son Paul Flores in the murder of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student Kristin Smart, must begin deliberations again after one of the jurors had to be replaced Thursday after talking to his priest.
Monterey County Superior Court Judge Jennifer O’Keefe excused Juror No. 262 on the fourth day of deliberations after a female juror informed the court the man had admitted speaking to his priest during confession about his struggles with the case.
Chloe Jones of the San Luis Obispo Tribune broke the news of the juror’s replacement.
The juror said he did not discuss any specifics of the case but said he had to cleanse his body. “There’s people’s lives at stake,” he told the judge, according to the podcast “Your Own Backyard.”