November 29th, 2011
02:12 PM ET

Man charged in Orange County's deadliest mass shooting pleads not guilty

A man who allegedly shot his ex-wife and seven other people to death in the deadliest shooting in Orange County, California, history pleaded not guilty Tuesday, prosecutors said.

An Orange County Superior Court judge scheduled an April 24, 2012, preliminary hearing for Scott Evans Dekraai, 41. Dekraai is charged with eight counts of first-degree murder and a felony count of attempted murder in the October 12 shooting at the Salon Meritage hair salon in the small coastal community of Seal Beach, a district attorney's spokeswoman said.

The first-degree murder charges carry the special circumstance of multiple murder. The attempted murder count is for a ninth victim who was wounded.

Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty. Dekraai is being held without bond.

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    HE WAS SUCH A NICE GUY.... till he killed everyone..

    November 29, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cal


      November 30, 2011 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Cal

      Did you notice my wild and hysterical laughter? Don't worry, I'm real nice. 😀

      November 30, 2011 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
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