Seal Beach shooting: 'I hate you,' victim's family shouts at suspect
Dozens of relatives packed an Orange County courtroom Friday afternoon, just a few hours after Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas announced murder charges against the suspect in shootings at a Seal Beach salon at an emotional media conference.
Emotional family members stared down suspect Scott Dekraai and some called the alleged gunman a "coward" at the hearing in a Santa Ana courtroom. Several held hands and clutched photos of their deceased loved ones. One woman shouted, "I hate you! I hate you!" as she left the courtroom.
Dekraai is facing eight counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. Rackauckas said he will seek the death penalty. His arraignment was postponed until Nov. 29.
Dekraai showed no emotion and gave simple one-word answers during the court proceeding in front of Judge Erick L. Larsh.
Robert Curtis, an attorney with Dekraai's family law team, asked the judge for a continuance to assemble a defense team.
He said there may be an upcoming motion to change the location of the proceedings and told the judge that Dekraai needs his anti-psychotic medication. He also asked the judge for a medical order to allow Dekraai to have a spinal cord stimulator.
-- Nicole Santa Cruz in Santa Ana
Photo: Images of Scott Dekraai are displayed during a news conference at the district attorney's office in Santa Ana on Thursday. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Reuters