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OC salon shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Scott Dekraai, 42, of Huntington Beach, was arrested in connection with a mass shooting at a Seal Beach hair salon that left eight people dead and one critically injured on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011.

November 29, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The man accused of going on a shooting rampage at a Seal Beach salon pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

The attorney for Scott Dekraai, 42, entered the plea on his behalf in a Santa Ana courtroom.

Prosecutors say Dekraai shot and killed his ex-wife and seven others at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach in October. One other victim was wounded.

"Our position is he was absolutely not insane at the time he committed this crime, and we will be proving that in court," said prosecutor Scott Simmons.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Dekraai was involved in a custody dispute with his ex-wife over their 8-year-old son. A pre-trial hearing is set for April.

Dekraai is held without bail