Charges expected in California hair salon shooting

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 14, 2011 2:18 PM
Charges expected in California hair salon shooting

SANTA ANA, Calif (Reuters) -Prosecutors were expected to file murder charges on Friday against a California man accused of killing eight people, including his ex-wife, in a shooting spree at a Seal Beach hair salon.

Scott Evans Dekraai was arrested about half a mile from Salon Meritage on Wednesday following the mass killing that has been called the worst in Orange County history.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas scheduled a joint news conference with Seal Beach police for 11 a.m. on Friday at which he was expected to announce charges against Dekraai.

Dekraai's former wife, Michelle Fournier, was a hairstylist at Salon Meritage, friends and business associates said, and the couple, who divorced in 2007, had been embroiled in a child custody battle over their 8-year-old son

Fournier was among the eight people shot to death, along with her friend Christy Lynn Wilson and salon owner Randy Fannin.

The lone survivor was left in critical condition at Long Beach Memorial Hospital.

On Thursday night, hundreds of mourners gathered outside Salon Meritage in a candlelight vigil for the victims, the crowd spilling into a nearby street.

(Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Jerry Norton)