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UJ students testify at trial for man accused of prompting campus lockdown

Two University of Jamestown students testified this morning how they learned they had allegedly been named as possible targets for satanic sacrifice at the trial of Robert Flores. The trial entered its second day and is expected to go to the jury later this afternoon.

Flores is charged with terrorizing, a Class C felony, in a November incident that resulted in the University of Jamestown campus being locked down for about an hour.

Flores is accused of making “satanic” threats that led to a lockdown at University of Jamestown on Nov. 7. He was arrested and taken into custody later that day.

Monica Noria and Elyse Stewart testified they were traveling in Montana with the Jimmie soccer team at the time. They said they were notified by friends at the campus that Flores had made comments regarding them. They were later notified that the campus was locked down when officials couldn’t locate Flores.

Also testifying were University of Jamestown Director of Security Richard Knapp and Gary Van Zinderen, dean of students. Knapp testified about his interaction with Flores the night before the lockdown. Van Zinderen testified that he was concerned for the safety of the whole campus including Flores during the incident.

The prosecution rested at about 11:15 a.m. The rest of the morning was spent with the attorneys consulting with Judge Thomas Merrick in chambers.

The defense is expected to begin calling witnesses this afternoon.

If convicted, Flores faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.