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Henry Albert Smith Jr., right, the suspect in the 2011 killing of Vallejo Police Officer James Capoot, appears in Solano County Superior Court, Feb. 18, 2014. His attorney Oscar Bobrow is at left. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic file)


Judge sets trial date for man accused in Vallejo police officer Capoot’s death

By From page A6 | July 16, 2014

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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Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid fan of the NFL's Washington team, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He's a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club and a board member for the Solano County Library Foundation. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.

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  • 2realJuly 16, 2014 - 5:54 am

    Its sad when it goes so long that you almost forget about the case. 3 1/2 years? What a joke.

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  • DumbassesJuly 16, 2014 - 10:33 am

    I could care less about a cop being killed because they could care less when they kill. They use the term shoot to kill instead of shoot to injure, these cops need more training on how & where to shoot

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  • CD BrooksJuly 16, 2014 - 10:44 am

    Dumbasses, that is probably the stupidest thing you've ever written here. Pathetic and uncalled for.

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  • BJuly 16, 2014 - 11:26 am

    Hopefully you are next.

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  • DumbassesJuly 16, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    Cd, call it what you want I could give 2 f*cks how you feel about my opinion obviously you haven't experienced anything like this my comment makes a lot of sense happens every day look it up. B hopefully you or your loved ones are next (:

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  • CD BrooksJuly 16, 2014 - 7:45 pm

    Dumbasses, whatever dude. I don't see where you made any sense at all. BTW, 2real is looking for a date.

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  • 2realJuly 16, 2014 - 7:12 pm

    Get em dumbasses!!:)

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  • DumbassesJuly 16, 2014 - 9:31 pm

    2real, gott emmm! Lol cd sounds like you need to set a date to research killer cops

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  • CD BrooksJuly 16, 2014 - 10:29 pm

    Dumbasses, you got nuthin. No I do plenty of research, won't waste my time on this issue. You boys have fun now! ;)

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  • DumbassesJuly 16, 2014 - 11:12 pm

    Cd you have enough time to reply, you make time for what you want

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