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D.A. won't use jailhouse recordings in Seal Beach mass-murder case
D.A. won't use jailhouse recordings in Seal Beach mass-murder case

Orange County prosecutors have ended their quest to use recorded conversations between the alleged Seal Beach mass killer and a jailhouse informant, which they had hoped could put the man on death row. Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Howard Gundy told the court Tuesday he would concede a defense motion which argued that tapes of alleged gunman Scott Dekraai and informant Fernando Perez were obtained in violation of Dekraai’s 6th amendment rights. The recordings spurred a wide-ranging defense investigation into the use of jailhouse informants in Orange County. The investigation has resulted in an ongoing hearing over allegations that, in Dekraai and other cases, informants were...

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