The man charged with killing his ex-wife and seven other people in a rampage at a Seal Beach salon was arraigned today in Orange County Superior Court. Scott Evans Dekraai, 42, entered a not guilty plea.
Dekraai was charged by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas with eight counts of murder and faces the death penalty if convicted. He also was charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a woman who survived the onslaught.
Authorities say Dekraai carried out the the worst mass killing in Orange County history at Seal Beach's Salon Meritage early on the afternoon of Oct. 12. He remains jailed without bail.
The eight people killed were Dekraai's 48-year-old ex-wife, hair stylist Michelle Marie Fournier; the salon's owner, Randy Lee Fannin, 62; Victoria Ann Buzzo, 54; Lucia Bernice Kondas, 65; Laura Lee Elody, 46; Christy Lynn Wilson, 47; Michele Daschbach Fast, 47; and David Caouette, 64, who was shot in his Range Rover outside the salon.
Seventy-three-year-old Hattie Stretz also was shot, but survived her wounds.
Seal Beach police arrested Dekraai within minutes of the shootings blocks from the salon.
Dekraai and Fournier were in a Santa Ana courtroom the day before the shootings for a hearing involving custody of their 8-year-old son, Dominic. Dekraai had been seeking sole custody of his son, but a court-ordered report recommended against it.
Authorities allege that Dekraai's motive was revenge over the lost child- custody battle.
When Dekraai first appeared in court Oct. 14, defense attorney Robert Curtis said he needed more time to prepare for Dekraai's arraignment.
Dekraai and Fournier married in 2003 and he filed for divorce in 2007, a month after a tug boat accident that killed a close friend and caused him to walk with a limp.
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