The judge agreed with a change of venue motion made by the defense attorneys for Paul Flores.
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The 44-year-old was charged with first-degree murder in the killing that allegedly happened as he tried to rape Smart in his dorm room at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
His father, 80-year-old Ruben Flores, is charged with accessory to murder after the fact.
Both men have entered not guilty pleas.
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Smart disappeared nearly 26 years ago after she was seen leaving a college party with Flores.
Her body has never been found.
The trial had been scheduled to start on April 25.