SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Scott Dekraai pleaded innocent Tuesday to charges he opened fire at a Seal Beach, Calif., hair salon and killed eight people, including his ex-wife.
The 42-year-old defendant faces eight counts of first-degree murder for the eight deaths and one count of attempted murder for allegedly wounding a ninth victim who survived the Oct. 12 massacre a Salon Meritage.
The Los Angeles Times reported Dekraai appeared alert and was responsive when Judge Erick Larsh addressed him in Orange County Superior Court
Friends and family of the victims attended the hearing and some wept afterward, the newspaper said.
Dekraai, who allegedly went on the shooting rampage following a bitter custody dispute with his ex-wife Michelle Fournier over their 8-year-old son, will have a preliminary hearing April 24, the Times said.