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Alleged Salon Shooter to Face Charges Today

Scott Evans Dekraai is expected to enter a plea in court Tuesday morning.

The man accused of killing eight people in Orange County’s deadliest mass murder is scheduled to appear in court this morning to answer to multiple charges of murder.

Scott Evans Dekraai faces the death penalty if convicted in the shooting deaths of eight people at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach last month.

Dekraai was arrested blocks from the shooting scene just moments after the rampage, armed with three guns and a bulletproof vest. During his first court appearance Oct. 14, Dekraai’s attorney, Robert Curtis prompted speculation that an insanity plea could be in the works by referencing Dekraai’s antipsychotic medications in court. He also alluded to a possible change of venue given the high profile nature of the case.

However, since then, Curtis has been recused from the case, and a public defender has been assigned to represent Dekraai.

"We’re hoping the defense won’t request another continuance," said Deputy District Attorney Scott Simmons. Additionally, it would be unlikely that Dekraai would enter an insanity plea on Tuesday, he said.

“That most likely would come at a later date,” said Simmons.

Dekraai is accused of carrying out , 500 Pacific Coast Highway, about 1:20 p.m. Oct. 12. He remains jailed without bail.  The eight people killed were the salon's co-owner, Randy Lee Fannin, 62; Victoria Ann Buzzo, 54; Lucia Bernice Kondas, 65; Laura Lee Elody, 46; Christy Lynn Wilson, 47; hairstylist Michelle Marie Fournier, 48, Dekraai's ex-wife; Michele Daschbach Fast, 47, and David Caouette, 64. Another woman who was shot -- 73-year-old Hattie Stretz -- survived.  

Investigators believe DeKraai committed the murders as an act of revenge against his ex-wife, an employee at the salon. The two were locked in a bitter custody dispute over their 8-year-old son.

The arraignment is open to the public and is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in the Santa Ana Superior Courthouse, courtroom C55.

Emily Knell November 29, 2011 at 06:27 PM
I think putting him in the general population & on the yard with the non-white gang members would be a good idea too, I think he needs to suffer a bit before being put to sleep peacefully.
Emily Knell November 29, 2011 at 06:29 PM
I would also like to see some of victim fund money be given also to the employees who were there that day who suffered the loss of their friends & co-workers & who were put out of work.
Nancy Wride November 29, 2011 at 09:53 PM
Emily, I think that is a wonderful idea for a special fundraiser for the survivor victims, who probably would not want to mention this for not wanting to seem insensitive, but leave it to the community to care enough to think of them, too. I see the impact in Belmont Shore and Long Beach, as well, because he grew up here and there are so many common, coastal interests between the two cities. My own hair cutter grew up Long Beach, but works in Seal Beach and had worked for Randy prior.
Nancy Wride November 29, 2011 at 09:55 PM
And on the insanity plea, Jeffrey Dahmer pleaded guilty by reason of insanity but the FBI's forensic shrink testified successfully that he knew what he was doing was wrong because he hid the....remains.
Nancy Wride November 29, 2011 at 09:59 PM
Just Googled for Park Dietz to find the Dahmer info, which I only know because I profiled him. Boy we wrote longer stories then. And I think Dietz has hit more negative press since then. http://articles.latimes.com/1993-10-20/news/mn-47763_1_park-dietz

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