As more than 100 hours of jail-cell recordings of the alleged Seal Beach salon shooter surface, at least one of the eight victims’ relatives says he doesn’t need to hear any more from the accused murderer.
"The details of that day, I don’t need to know," said Paul Wilson, whose wife was gunned down in the massacre. "It’s not bringing Christy back. It doesn’t change how I feel when I wake up every day so there’s no need for me to really know."
Wilson questions why prosecutors would use an informant to delve into suspected shooter Scott Dekraai’s past. Dekraai is accused of opening fire at Salon Meritage, where his estranged wife worked. Eight people, include Dekraai's ex-wife, were killed in the shooting.
There are some 132 hours of jailhouse recordings.
"It doesn’t make sense. I don’t get it," Wilson said. "It’s well documented when he was pulled over by Seal Beach police he said, 'I know what I did.'"
On paper, the informant is known only as Fernando P. His case numbers have been concealed, but court documents show that he was in the jail’s intake and release center awaiting his sentence for carrying a loaded gun. He’d also been charged with street terrorism and drug sales.
Adjacent to Dekraai’s, Fernando P.’s cell was wired to record the pair for six days as they discussed the accused murderer’s personal history.
The documents show that at one point, Fernando P. asked a judge for leniency.
"I realize I’m a third strike candidate but I’m scared to spend the rest of my life in prison," he reportedly said.
Dekraai’s defense team wants to know more about the informant. They even tried calling Fernando P’s mother, who told them she’d been instructed not to share any information and would have to clear it with "them" first.
Defense attorneys said they do not know where the informant is now.