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Suspected Bank Robber To Stand Trial In Vallejo Officer Murder

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Vallejo PD officer James Capoot, suspect Henry Albert Smith (Vallejo PD/Solano Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

(L-R) Slain Vallejo Police Officer James Capoot, Henry Albert Smith (Vallejo PD/Solano Co. Sheriff’s Dept.)

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FAIRFIELD (CBS/AP) — A suspected bank robber charged with killing a Vallejo police officer will stand trial after a Solano County judge ruled that enough evidence exists against him.

38-year-old Henry Albert Smith Jr. will be tried for murder in the fatal shooting of veteran police Officer Jim Capoot.

Smith is also being charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun, and special circumstances that could make him death-penalty eligible.

Investigators testified that they found more than $3,000 and a mask in Smith’s van, and that shell casings at the scene matched the suspect’s gun, which was found in his pocket.

Capoot gave chase to Smith while responding to a Vallejo bank robbery. The officer was fatally shot in the back.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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