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Seal Beach killer will face death penalty despite prosecutor 'misconduct'
Seal Beach killer will face death penalty despite prosecutor 'misconduct'

An Orange County judge has ruled that prosecutors had engaged in misconduct in the case of a man who killed eight people at a Seal Beach salon but declined to dismiss the death penalty against him or to bar the district attorney’s office from trying the case. Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals did grant a motion by the defense to prevent prosecutors from presenting in court recorded statements allegedly made by defendant Scott Dekraai to a jailhouse informant. Prosecutors had earlier said they would no longer seek to use the evidence.  The “failures in this case, although disappointing, even disheartening, to any interested member of this community, were negligent...

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