Prosecutors and police say after those deaths, Long then went to two other parlors in Atlanta and killed four more people. Since Atlanta prosecutors have said they'd seek the death penalty for those shootings, Long is pleading not guilty in a bid to avoid execution.
A woman mourns at a makeshift memorial in front of the Gold Spa in Atlanta, Ga., on March 20 after a gunman killed eight people at three spas in and around the city. File Photo by Tami Chappell/UPI
Fulton County prosecutor Fani Willis is also seeking enhanced penalties under the state's hate crime law, as most of the victims were women of Asian descent. Willis said the killings were motivated by race and gender.
After his arrest, Long told police that he targeted the parlors as a way to purge a sexual addiction and "punish" sex workers.
Long will next appear in court on Nov. 23.