SEAL BEACH (CBS) — A grand jury Wednesday indicted a Huntington Beach man on charges of killing his ex-wife and seven others in a shooting spree at a Seal Beach salon.

Scott Evans Dekraai, 42, orginally pleaded not guilty in November to eight counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in the largest mass killing in Orange County history. Due to his recent indictment, Dekraai will not have to go through a preliminary hearing, quickening the legal process.

A pretrial hearing was set for Jan. 27.

Eight people were killed and a 73-year-old woman was seriously injured on Oct. 12 when Dekraai allegedly went on a shooting rampage at the Salon Meritage.

Dekraai was in court with his ex-wife, Michelle Fournier, the day before the massacre.  He had been seeking sole custody of his 8-year-old son, a request the court denied.

Records indicate he had grown increasingly troubled in recent years. One month after his divorce in 2007, a tugboat accident killed one of his co-workers and left him permanently disabled.

A psychiatrist later testified that Dekraai suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the accident, according to court documents.

That same year, he was ordered to enroll in a year-long battery intervention program after he attacked his stepfather in front of his young son.

Fournier had said her custody battle with Dekraai intensified in 2008. One of her friends says Dekraai threatened to kill Fournier on two separate occasions, once telling her he would shoot her at work.

If convicted, Dekraai, who is being held without bail, faces the death penalty.

Wednesday’s indictment allows prosecutors to avoid a preliminary hearing.

Comments (10)
  1. cthomas says:

    This is another reason for The California Shall Issue Concealed Carry Proposition, which would allow an applicant who can legally own a firearm to also have a permit to carry a concealed handgun. The police cannot protect us from crazy. The permit SHALL be issued with no other unreasonable requirements, such as political contributions or celebrity status. Front Sight Training in Las Vegas is supporting, and in fact assisting, in the gathering of signatures to get a Shall Issue Concealed Carry Proposition on the November, 2012 General Election Ballot in California. In 1986 only 7 states had shall issue. Now 38 states with lower crime rates have shall issue and another 4 states have no restrictions.

  2. Mammogram says:

    Anyone else “LOL’d” at the picture?

    1. CB says:

      Sorry, don’t know that acronym.

  3. uhoh says:

    He should be put on death row just for the simple fact he didn’t wear a bra in public.

  4. Jody says:

    Yeah brother, I was gonna say: major man boobs action’ll make him REAL popular in the big house! Bottom’s UP!

  5. Robear says:

    Am I mistaken, or is the cop fondling his “moobs”?

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