Start date for Kristin Smart murder trial pushed back by a week. This is why
In February 2020, Paul Flores was released from custody after his home and vehicles were searched in San Pedro. - Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/TNS

The trial against the men accused of killing Cal Poly student Kristin Smart and hiding her body is being pushed back by a week, a Monterey County Superior Court official announced Sunday. The start date is being postponed due to “a health concern among one of the trial participants,” court executive officer Chris Ruhl wrote in an email. Paul Flores, 45, is accused of murdering Smart after an off-campus party in May 1996. His father, 81-year-old Ruben Flores, is accused of helping hide her body. The two men were arrested in April 2021. The trial against the Flores men was moved to Salinas after...