The man charged in the largest mass murder in Orange County history was back in court Friday for a pre-trial hearing at which an October date was tentatively scheduled for his murder trial.
Scott Evans Dekraai, 42, is scheduled to return to court on April 13 for another pre-trial, during which the defense is expected to hear the motion regarding the sealing of grand jury transcripts, according to Farrah Emami, spokesperson for the Orange County District Attorney's Office.
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"The People will oppose the motion," said Emami. "The public should have access to what is in them."
Typically, under state law, grand jury documents become public 10 days after the grand jury proceedings. However, judges may use discretion to seal them in some cases.
Dekraai's jury trial has tentatively been scheduled for Oct. 15.
The Huntington Beach man was indicted on eight counts of murder with a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders on Jan.18. He was also indicted on attempted murder.
Dekraai is accused of opening fire in Salon Meritage on Oct. 12 in Seal Beach, and killing eight people. Those killed in the shooting, included Dekraai's ex-wife, Michelle Fournier, 48; salon's owner Randy Lee Fannin, 62; Victoria Ann Buzzo, 54; Lucia Bernice Kondas, 65; Laura Lee Elody, 46; Christy Lynn Wilson, 47; Michelle Daschbach Fast, 47; and David Caouette, 64.
Hattie Stretz, 73, was also shot, but survived. Dekraai remains in custody without bail.