Sacto 9-1-1
December 15, 2011
West Sacramento man convicted of murder in 2009 shooting

Christopher Allen Smith of West Sacramento has been convicted of murder in the shooting death of a man who reportedly gave him a dirty look.

A Yolo County jury on Wednesday found Smith, 31, guilty of murder for killing Gidd Gomel Robinson IV on Nov. 3, 2009. Smith also was convicted of shooting from a vehicle and shooting a firearm causing death, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

Shortly after noon, Smith was driving with his 7-year-old son in his pickup truck after leaving his father's house in a residential neighborhood in West Sacramento. Smith, who is white, encountered Robinson, who is black, as Robinson was walking his children to school. After Robinson gave Smith a "hard stare" and Smith "flipped him off," Smith drove his truck around the corner and loaded his gun, officials said.

Robinson approached the truck and at that point, Smith fired a shot, killing Robinson.

Smith immediately drove to the Elkhorn boat ramp, tossed the gun in the river and rubbed mud on his hands to conceal any gunshot residue, according to the news release. He was arrested at Old River Road as he was leaving the boat ramp.

When West Sacramento police searched Smith's home, they found more than 40 firearms. Detectives also seized a computer. A forensic analysis by the district attorney's computer forensics unit revealed that Smith habitually visited numerous racist websites containing inflammatory pictures and articles about blacks, officials said.

Smith is to be sentenced Jan. 13 by Yolo County Superior Court Judge Stephen Mock.

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