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Judge Orders Testimony in Salon Meritage Massacre Unsealed

Scott Dekraai is accused of murdering eight people, including his ex-wife, in a Seal Beach salon in October 2011

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    An Orange County judge has ordered the release of portions of the grand jury testimony in the case against the man accused of fatally shooting eight people in a rampage at a Seal Beach hair salon. Gordon Gallego told the jury that he heard a coworker scream, "You don't have to do this; please don't kill me," during the worst massacre in Orange County history. Colleen Williams reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 3, 2012. (Published Friday, May 4, 2012)

    Portions of the grand jury testimony against the man accused of fatally shooting eight people in a rampage at a Seal Beach hair salon in October 2011 were unsealed Thursday at the orders of an Orange County judge.

    Read Grand Jury Transcripts in Scott Dekraai Case

    Gordon Gallego told the jury Scott Dekraai, 42, of Huntington Beach, walked over to his ex-wife Michelle Fournier, who was doing her co-worker’s hair and said:

    "'This is what you wanted,’ or ‘This is how you wanted it,’ and started shooting both girls,” Gallego said, according to the documents.

    More: Ongoing Coverage of the Mass Killing in Seal Beach

    Fearing for his life, Gallego said he grabbed a phone and co-worker Lisa Powers and ran into the bathroom.

    Outside he said he could hear “constant screaming and gunshots.” Then, Gallego said, the sound of a co-worker banging on a nearby door.

    According to the documents, Assistant District Attorney Dan Wagner asks Gallego what he heard.

    “You don’t have to do this, please don’t kill me,” Gallego said, repeating what he heard from his coworker.

    Gallego went on to say that he heard gunshots, then silence.

    “I heard her take her last breath,” Gallego testified.

    When Gallego emerged from the bathroom, over a pool of blood, he said he saw bodies of his coworkers and customers.

    Dekraai is accused of orchestrating the worst mass killing in Orange County history. He has been sued by two of the victims’ families, including that of Christy Lynn Wilson.

    In November 2011, Wilson’s husband, Paul, said somebody must be accountable for his family’s loss.

    “My kids no longer have a mother,” he said at the time. “I no longer have a wife, best friend and soul mate. My life and my kids’ lives will never be the same.”

    The family of Michelle Fournier, Dekraai’s ex-wife, filed a similar suit in late 2011.

    Dekraai pleaded not guilty in January to eight felony counts of special circumstances murder for committing multiple murders and one felony count of attempted murder.

    Also killed in the shooting were the salon's owner, Randy Lee Fannin, 62; Victoria Ann Buzzo, 54; Lucia Bernice Kondas, 65; Laura Lee Elody, 46; Michele Daschbach Fast, 47, and David Caouette, 64.

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