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Seal Beach Salon Shooting (2011)
Man pleads guilty in Seal Beach salon killings, may face death penalty
Man pleads guilty in Seal Beach salon killings, may face death penalty

The man accused of gunning down eight people at a Seal Beach hair salon pleaded guilty Friday, setting the stage for a legal battle over whether he should be put to death for the 2011 slayings. Scott Dekraai, who prosecutors said heavily armed himself before walking into a neighborhood beauty salon and opening fire, pleaded guilty to eight counts of special circumstances murder and one count of attempted murder, making him eligible for the death penalty. But whether the former tug boat captain winds up on death row remains an open question. A trial would be held to determine whether Dekraai should be put to death, but his attorneys have asked that the death penalty be dropped, claiming...

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