Paso Robles man convicted of murdering popular barber

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January 20, 2022

Carlo Alberto Fuentes Flores

By KAREN VELIE

A San Luis Obispo County judge sentenced a North County man on Thursday for the murder of a popular Paso Robles hairstylist.

Carlo Alberto Fuentes Flores, 44, has waived his right to a jury trial. Superior Court Judge Timothy Covello found Flores guilty of first-degree murder plus enhancements for committing the crime amidst a rape and burglary.

Nancy Woodrum, 62, who operated The Strand salon in downtown Paso Robles, disappeared in May 2018. In December 2018, investigators determined that DNA evidence in the case matched Fuentes Flores, a painter whom Woodrum had hired to work at her house.

Fuentes Flores then led investigators to Woodrum’s body in a rural area near Highway 58 in eastern SLO County.

Fuentes Flores is expected to be sentenced on February 24. He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“This sentencing will not bring Nancy Woodrum back, nor will it ease the grief of her loved ones,” SLO County District Attorney Dan Dow said. “This is, however, a crucial step towards securing an appropriate punishment for the predator responsible for his brutal murder. This conviction was only possible thanks to the immense diligence and unwavering professionalism of the Sheriff’s Office Investigation Team Our hearts go out to the Woodrum family and loved ones who are grieving for his loss.

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