A Solano County Superior Court judge reshuffled a series of legal proceedings in advance of a trial for the suspect in a Vallejo woman’s June murder.
Kenneth Travaille Hill, 49, was scheduled to appear Thursday morning in Department 2 in the Justice Building in Vallejo, where he was to face a readiness conference and trial setting.
However, Judge Daniel Healy transferred the case to Department 15, Judge Robert Bowers’ courtroom, where, at 9 a.m. Feb. 2, Hill will face the same proceedings. His defense attorney, Dionne E. Choyce of Fairfield, also will submit a motion to dismiss one or more of the charges against her client, court records indicate.
Hill is charged with the June 20 fatal shooting of Symphony Monk in an unincorporated area of Vallejo, and, at an Oct. 30 held-to-answer arraignment, he apparently entered a not-guilty plea.
Deputy District Attorney Melainee Collins leads the prosecution.
The Solano County District Attorney’s Office filed its complaint against Hill on July 1, and, at the same time, obtained his record of arrests and prosecutions, or RAP sheet.
In a press release, District Attorney Krishna Abrams indicated that Hill is charged with first-degree murder.
The prepared statement also noted that, on June 20, Solano County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence in the unincorporated area of Vallejo after receiving calls about a dead woman at that location.
Upon arrival, the deputies found Monk, who appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound to her head and had died.
Sheriff’s detectives Charles Olmstead and Dylan Friend were able to compile data from license plate readers and cell phone providers, which led them to the identity of Monk’s alleged shooter. Afterward, Hill was arrested and charged with her murder. He remains in Solano County Jail custody.
If found guilty at trial, Hill faces 25 years to life for the killing and likely more time for use of a firearm and any prior felony convictions.