Crime & Justice

Attorney general to stay in charge of OC salon shooting case

File: Scott Dekraai, accused of killing eight people in a Seal Beach beauty salon, listens while his attorney Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders addresses the court during a motion hearing in Santa Ana, Calif., Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
File: Scott Dekraai, accused of killing eight people in a Seal Beach beauty salon, listens while his attorney Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders addresses the court during a motion hearing in Santa Ana, Calif., Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Mark Boster, Pool

The California attorney general's office will not appeal a state court's decision putting it in charge of the remaining case against mass killer Scott Dekraai after Orange County prosecutors were taken off it.

The attorney general's office said Tuesday it would not appeal the decision to the California Supreme Court.

Dekraai pleaded guilty to killing eight people in a 2011 shooting rampage at a Seal Beach hair salon, but hasn't been sentenced.

Orange County's district attorney had been seeking the death penalty but was pulled from the case when Dekraai's attorney learned that a jailhouse informant had been chatting with his client even though he already had a lawyer.

The discovery led to a broader probe of the use of jailhouse informants and a forthcoming federal investigation.