A former Vacaville resident alleged to have assisted in his mother’s suicide late last year appeared briefly Thursday in Solano County Superior Court, where the judge and attorneys agreed once again to delay the setting of a probable cause hearing.
Eric Capitanich, 43, now a resident of Fairfield, was arrested Jan. 6 by Vacaville police after police said the man played a role in aiding his mother’s suicide in the month prior.
Just after 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, authorities were dispatched to a storage unit in Vacaville along the 200 block of Peabody Road, where they found a deceased 69-year-old woman. The victim had a single gunshot wound to the head, police said in a statement issued in early January. The woman was later identified as Diane Capitanich, a resident of Vacaville.
According to the statement, Vacaville police determined through their investigation that the woman’s son, Eric, played a role in his mother’s suicide.
One month after finding the woman, police arrested Eric Capitanich and he was subsequently booked into Solano County Jail.
At the suspect’s Jan. 10 arraignment, he pleaded not guilty to one count of aiding and abetting suicide. At the time of his arrest, he was booked into Solano County Jail, but following his arraignment, the judge allowed him to be released on his own recognizance.
He’s remained out of police custody since Jan. 10.
During Thursday’s court appearance, the man’s public defender asked to delay the setting of the probable cause hearing because of the significant amount of discovery evidence that needed to be reviewed.
The suspect is now slated to return to court April 20 for further proceedings.
For now, the man remains out of police custody.