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Alleged Salon Shooter Dekraai Pepper Sprayed in Jail

Scott Evans Dekraai, the man charged with killing eight people at Salon Meritage, was reportedly pepper-sprayed by deputies after he threw a tantrum in jail.

Accused mass killer Scott Dekraai was in the Orange County Jail medical ward today following a tantrum he threw this weekend over being held in isolation.

Dekraai, who is charged with killing eight people and nearly a ninth in the Salon Meritage shooting in Seal Beach, had to be subdued with pepper balls about 2:30 p.m. Saturday in his day room, where he was being held in isolation, said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

``He started throwing things and was very disruptive and yelling,'' Amormino said, adding Dekraai was taken to a medical ward for a mental health evaluation.

``Apparently he was unhappy because he's not in general population,'' Amormino said. ``He's isolated for his own safety. But he wants to be reclassified and be in the general population.''

Well-known inmates such as Dekraai are typically held in isolation because they're likely to be targets in general population, Amormino said.

Dekraai's attorneys won a legal battle for their client on Friday when Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals ordered prosecutors to turn over information about a jailhouse snitch who chatted with Dekraai about the Oct. 12, 2011, shootings over a five-day period.

Dekraai's attorney's, Deputy Public Defenders Scott Sanders and Scott VanCamp, want information on the informant's background so they can prepare what's referred to as a Masiah motion, which would seek to prevent jurors from hearing what Dekraai told the inmate in a next-door cell.

To be successful, the defense attorneys would have to show the informant was working for the prosecution for some type of benefit like a lesser sentence and was also working to elicit damning statements from the defendant.

Prosecutors believe they have enough evidence to prove Dekraai's guilt, but want jurors to hear about the conversations in the penalty phase when they are considering whether to recommend that Dekraai be sentenced to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Dekraai is charged with eight counts of murder, including the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders, and one count of attempted murder involving a woman who was shot at Salon Meritage, but survived.

Dekraai is accused of walking into the salon and gunning down his 48- year-old ex-wife, Michelle Fournier, before opening fire on others inside the business.

Dekraai is accused of walking into Salon Meritage on Oct. 12 and gunning down his 48-year-old ex-wife, Michelle Fournier, before opening fire on others inside the business. The salon's owner, Randy Lee Fannin, 62; Victoria Ann Buzzo, 54; Lucia Bernice Kondas, 65; Laura Lee Elody, 46; Michele Daschbach Fast, 47; Christy Wilson, 47; and David Caouette, 64, were killed in the shooting as well. Hattie Stretz, 74, survived her injuries.

Cathy January 29, 2013 at 05:51 AM
Here here! Paaleeeze throw him in general population ! For once give him what he wants and let the general population have what they want.......Justice for all!!! Peppered sprayed, please, nothing like being sprayed with bullets point blank! Much too kind for this monster!!!
Tamara Shehan January 29, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Oh...Did he have a bad day??? Really! Well, "EFF" him! I say keep him in isolation for a while, it seems to be pissing him off! But let the inmates know he's wanting into general population, that way they will be ready for him if/when that day comes! He took 8 BEAUTIFUL lives on October 12, 2011 and DESTROYED the lives of sooooo many others with his selfishness. I say get these court dealing over with so that the families of the victims can somehow try to pick up the pieces and move on without having to constantly wonder "what if"!!! That man deserves worse than to "rot" in "you know what" but he's protected by the system and that is more than he deserves in many of our opinions. I do find it oddly strange that both of his attorneys are also named "Scott".....
Jim January 29, 2013 at 06:24 PM
What a worthless piece of crap. If this guy does not get the death penalty........? I have faith that the OC jury will put this tool to sleep.
b2 February 01, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Scott, I know you did this for your child so they did not grow up alienated and abused by their mother and her mini-gang of manipulators at that hateful child abusing salon. I know there are plenty of bad apples that are easily manipulated that sprayed you in the face. It happens to everyone that tries to do something right. I know you had no choice but to do this because the court system, cops, and others did not care that your child was abused by the people at this salon each day. I wish there was an easier way for you and your child to be together but this will be over soon and your child will be with you again. Stay strong and enjoy the food on all of us. We will keep you safe until then.
cindy pittio April 27, 2013 at 12:06 AM
you really must be a nut case ,maybe sitting your ass next to him to rot in hell as he should . who ever you are they need to get you off the streets, you are a very evil person just like scott!

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