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Gunman to Plead Guilty in Seal Beach Mass Shooting

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on April 28, 2014 · 0 comments

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Orange County criminal attorneyThe shooter who killed eight and injured one in a Seal Beach salon may plead guilty in the mass shooting case.

Scott Dekraai entered the Salon Meritage on October 12, 2011, where is ex-wife Michelle, was working at the time. Dekraai fired six shots, and was wearing body armor and cargo pants with additional magazines in them. He was arrested driving away from the crime scene. Dekraai was in the middle of a contentious custody battle with his ex-wife at the time. The shooting was the largest mass shooting in Orange County.

Victims’ families were relieved to hear of the possible guilty plea. Dekraai will still remain eligible for the death penalty. In late March, Dekraai offered to plead guilty in the case and accept eight life sentences instead of the death penalty. Prosecutors declined his offer.

The email from prosecutors to victims’ families said they would find out either Monday or Tuesday. Many were skeptical about the plea deal, since the trial has been delayed repeatedly by additional hearings and motions, and even an investigation into a jailhouse informant used by prosecutors, whom Dekraai’s attorney said engaged in scripted conversations with Dekraai in prison in order to help the prosecution. The trial is set to begin June 9.

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