FAIRFIELD — The death penalty jury trial for an accused cop killer will begin next spring, nearly three and a half years after the deadly shooting in Vallejo.
Henry A. Smith, 40, of Fairfield, faces allegations of murder with special circumstances for his alleged killing of Vallejo Police Officer Jim Capoot of Vacaville in 2011.
Judge Peter B. Foor on Tuesday scheduled the trial to start April 15, 2015. Foor ordered Smith back to court Sept. 2 for a trial readiness conference and for the court to consider pending motions in the case.
Smith is accused of robbing a Bank of America in Vallejo in November 2011 and then getting into a high-speed pursuit with Capoot. Capoot followed Smith into a residential neighborhood in east Vallejo, where he rammed Smith’s truck before Smith fled the wrecked truck on foot.
Capoot followed him into a backyard, where the veteran officer was fatally shot. Smith was arrested a few moments later and police wrestled a gun away from him.
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