California Polytechnic State University freshman KRISTIN Smart vanished in May 1996.
She remains missing but has been ruled dead more than 25 years later, which prompted Paul Flores and his father, Ruben Flores, to go on trial for her murder.
According to reports, Kristin Smart, then 19 years old, was last seen alive by Paul Flores, 45, before she abruptly vanished in May 1996.
The two were both California Polytechnic State University students at the time.
Police questioned Flores about the interaction shortly after Smart vanished; Flores eventually became known as a “person of interest” in the case but denied any participation.
Flores continued to live a very quiet life after that, but the Los Angeles Times reports that in February 2021, when he was detained on suspicion of having a firearm in his possession while a felon, he made news.
He was arrested in April 2021 in connection with Smart’s death after authorities received permission to employ cadaver dogs to examine his father’s house a few weeks later.
His father, who is now 81 years old, was later arrested on suspicion of accessory to murder after he was initially charged with murder.
When will Paul Flores face justice?
The trial of Flores began with opening statements on July 18, 2022 in Salinas, California.
According to Fox News, a San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge first ordered the Flores men to trial after developing a “strong suspicion” about them during a 22-day preliminary hearing.
Since then, Flores and his father have pleaded innocent to the accusations leveled against them.