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Trial date set for man accused of 1996 murder of Central Coast college student

Cal Poly SLO student Kristen Smart was murdered in 1996. A judge ruled there is sufficent evidence for Paul Flores, the man accused of attacking and killing her, to stand trial.
Photo courtesy Smart Family
Nearly 26 years after the death of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo college student Kristen Smart, the man accused of her killing will face trial.

Paul Flores enteres not guilty plea, and his father, Ruben Flores, enters not guilty plea to being an accessory

A trial date has been set for the man accused of murdering a Central Coast college student 25 years ago.

Paul Flores is accused of killing Kristen Smart in May of 1996. The two were students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo at the time. Prosecutors say Flores walked Smart back Cal Poly from an off-campus party, but then attacked and killer her in his dorm room. Her body was never recovered.

An April 22nd, 2022 trial date was set after a judge ruled there was enough evidence for a trial.

Ruben Flores will also stand trial. Prosecutors say he helped his son cover up the killing. Both men entered not guilty pleas to the charges.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.