Smith, 31, faces a murder charge and a special allegation of use of dangerous or deadly use of a weapon, prosecutors said.
Authorities said that Smith strolled into Croft House, a luxury furniture store on North La Brea Avenue, on Jan. 13 and randomly attacked the design consultant in the early afternoon.
Before the stabbing, Kupfer sent an ominous text to a friend saying there was a man in the store making her uncomfortable, but the friend didn’t immediately see the message, police said.
Moments later, Smith plunged a knife in Kupfer. A customer entered the store about 20 minutes later and found her dead, lying on the ground covered in blood, according to police.
About 30 minutes after fleeing the store, Smith was captured on surveillance video at 7-Eleven calmly buying a vape pen.
After a week-long manhunt, a pedestrian recognized Smith and called 911.
The career criminal was out on a $ 50,000 bond in South Carolina for shooting a flare gun into the rear window of a stranger’s car in 2019 while a toddler was seated in the backseat during a road rage incident.