A lawyer for Scott Evans Dekraai told the court on Monday
that the accused shooter would plead guilty to eight counts of
murder with special circumstances and one count of attempted
murder, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Prosecutors say Dekraai was locked in a bitter child custody
battle with his ex-wife Michelle Fournier when he walked into
Salon Meritage in Seal Beach in October of 2011 carrying three
guns and opened fire.
Fournier, 48, was killed, along with salon owner Randy Fannin,
62, and five other people inside the salon. Prosecutors said
Dekraai shot his victims at close range, several of them
multiple times as they lay dying.
Harriet Stretz, 73, who was in a chair having her hair styled by
her daughter, Laura Lee Elody, at the time of the shooting,
survived her wounds. Elody, 46, was among the dead.
After leaving the salon, Dekraai shot dead 64-year-old David
Caouette, who was sitting in his sport utility vehicle parked
outside the salon, prosecutors said.
Dekraai was arrested just blocks from the bloody scene.
(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein;
editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)
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