Man Charged With Capital Murder In Pasadena Triple Homicide

PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that a Pasadena man was charged with capital murder in Saturday’s standoff and shooting with police, officials said.

According to the district attorney’s office, John Izeal Smith, 44, was charged with three counts of murder with the special circumstance of multiple murders and the special allegation that he personally and intentionally discharged a rifle.  He was also charged with three counts of attempted murder, including the attempted murder of a police officer, authorities said.

Officials said Smith made a brief appearance in Pasadena Superior Court today, but his arraignment was postponed until Aug. 7, where a decision will be made regarding a death penalty sentence.

According to Pasadena police, the shootings occurred Saturday afternoon in the 1700 block of North Summit Avenue, where Smith fatally shot Maria Aguiar, 59, Luis Aguiar, 90, and Jose Hernandez Iribe, 29.

Smith was arrested following a standoff with police, officials said.

The case remains under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department.

According to the district attorney’s office, Smith was ordered to remain jailed without bail.

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