Accused cop killer makes court appearance

By From page A4 | December 13, 2012

FAIRFIELD — The case of an accused cop killer has been put on hold until February.

Henry A. Smith Jr., 39, was in court briefly Wednesday, his first time in court since last month when, after a two-day probable cause hearing, he was ordered to stand trial on murder and firearms charges.

The ex-con from Fairfield could possibly face the death penalty if he is found guilty of murdering Vallejo Police Officer Jim Capoot while fleeing from the veteran officer after the Nov. 17, 2011, robbery of a Vallejo bank.

District Attorney Donald A. du Bain has not announced whether he intends to seek the death penalty for Smith. After the probable cause hearing, du Bain said that decision would not be finalized before the end of the year.

Smith was ordered to return to court Feb. 15, 2013. He is in jail without bail.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • Former FF residentDecember 13, 2012 - 1:34 am

    Being that we never seem to be allowed to execute the ones currently on death row, and they end up dying of old age why waste the money on a death penalty trial and all the appeals that will certainly last forever why not just transfer him to a bigger jail, let him out in general population and then tell everybody that he raped and murdered a child? Cheaper, quicker, better results.

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