- Associated Press - Friday, October 14, 2011

SANTA ANA, California (AP) — Prosecutors said Friday they will seek the death penalty for the man they called a “methodical and merciless killer” who stormed through a California beauty salon and killed eight people.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said Scott Dekraai has been charged with eight counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

Rackauckas said the rampage was caused by a long-running custody dispute that Dekraai had with his ex-wife, Michelle Fournier. She was killed in the shootings.

Rackauckas said Dekraai, 41, arrived at the salon on Wednesday carrying three weapons and dressed in body armor. At one point he stopped to reload, then continued shooting.

“For almost two minutes Dekraai shot victim after victim, executing people by shooting them in the head and chest,” the district attorney said.

Rackauckas said Dekraai wanted revenge against his ex-wife, who he believed was interfering in the raising of their 8-year-old son.

Fournier had recently told friends and family and said in court documents that she feared for her safety as Dekraai became more and more unbalanced.

Dekraai suffered post-traumatic stress disorder from a 2007 tugboat accident that mangled his leg and left a colleague dead, but his marriage to Fournier was falling apart before then.


Taxin reported from Santa Ana and Garden Grove. Associated Press writers John Rogers and Thomas Watkins in Los Angeles and The Associated Press News Research Center contributed to this story.

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