Kristin Smart’s dad, sheriff vow quest for justice isn’t over with Paul Flores murder conviction
TULSA, Okla. — Paul Flores’ attorney and his father vow to find the guilty person who killed his son and two deputies from another jurisdiction.
Paul Flores: The father of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office deputy killed by a man who thought he was a cop.
“We will find him,” Flores said. “It will not be too difficult for us to find him. There were all these other people in the car with him at the time, so I don’t know who he is.”
The sheriff’s office is still trying to figure out who shot and killed an unarmed Flores at a Tulsa apartment complex.
Last week, a jury in Tulsa County cleared Jose Garcia, 18, of all charges in Flores’ death. In a separate trial, which had to be reset two weeks after it began, jurors found him guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm.
On March 2, Garcia was sentenced to two years probation and two years of community control.
Garcia’s attorney, Gary Shiffman, believes Flores got hit by a stray bullet by a member of the sheriff’s office while he and his son were standing on a front porch.
But Flores, 27, was gunned down in the middle of an apartment complex near Midway and East 71st Street.
Shiffman, who said he’s never lost a case against his clients, said the jury is unlikely to reach a verdict against Garcia again.
But his words were countered by Paul Flores, whose family believes Garcia was the shooter. His father, the sheriff, is hoping the judge will give him the chance to clear his son’s name, even if it means a second trial.
“I hope somebody can help me find the person that killed my son,” he said.
‘I did not want him dead