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O.C. prosecutors drop bid to use recordings of accused killer
O.C. prosecutors drop bid to use recordings of accused killer

Orange County prosecutors have ended their quest to use recorded conversations between the suspect in the Seal Beach mass killing 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 arguing that tapes of 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's and other cases, informants were...

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