The arraignment for Scott Dekraai, the Seal Beach shooter, will be postponed to November 29, 2011. He is charged with eights counts of first degree murder, and one count of attempted murder according to the Los Angeles Times. The special circumstance of committing multiple murders was also included in the charges and carry the death penalty. The suspect’s attorney asked the court for more time in order to gather a defense team. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas believes Dekraai’s attorney will go for an insanity defense. Dekraai’s family law attorney spoke of his client’s need for medications to treat depression and one for preventing seizures. The judge will have the jail medical staff evaluate Dekraai. According to news reports the courtroom was full with relatives and friends of the victims from the Seal Beach incident. They did not speak with the media. The defendant is said to have opened fire at a salon where his ex-wife was working killing 8 and leaving one in the hospital. It is believed that Dekraai had been involved in a custody dispute with his former wife.
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