Well being issues delay jury choice in Paul Ruben Flores homicide trial

Well being issues delay jury choice in Paul Ruben Flores homicide trial

Jury choice for the Paul and Ruben Flores trials has been postponed.

Monterey County Superior Court docket officers stated the trial can be delayed every week “as a result of well being issues in one of many trial individuals.”

The daddy and son are charged in reference to the 1996 homicide and disappearance of Cal Poly pupil Kristin Good.

Whereas their trials happen on the similar time, every defendant could have their very own jury.

Jury choice for Paul’s case was anticipated to start Monday, however is now scheduled to start June 27. Because of the current postponement, no particular date has been given for jury choice in Ruben’s case.

Opening statements have been supposed to start on July 6, however court docket officers haven’t stated if this newest postponement will change that date.

Roughly 1,500 folks in Monterey County have been subpoenaed for the Flores circumstances.

Of these, court docket officers stated Friday, because the jury listening to part concluded, that the jury pool had been narrowed to 390, with 270 jurors returning to juror choice for Paul and 120 for Ruben.

Twelve jurors and eight alternates are elected for every accused.

Paul, a longtime individual of curiosity in Good’s disappearance from the Cal Poly campus in 1996, was arrested final April and charged with homicide. He has been behind bars since his arrest with out bail and is being held within the Monterey County Jail throughout the trial.

His father Ruben is charged as an confederate and accused of serving to disguise Good’s physique.

He posted bail shortly after his arrest and is presently out of custody.

The court docket case started final month in Monterey County after San Luis Obispo County Superior Court docket Choose Craig van Rooyen granted a movement in March that allowed the trial to be moved out of San Luis Obispo County.

Monterey County Superior Court docket Choose Jennifer O’Keefe is now presiding over the non-televised trial.

O’Keefe has declined requests for audio and video recordings of the trial, solely permitting nonetheless photos.

She has indicated that the trial is anticipated to final till October.

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