Scott Evans Dekraai's Shit-Throwing Tantrum in Jail Could Help Fry Him, DA Essentially Says

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The conduct behind bars of the suspected worst mass killer in Orange County history may play a role in his death penalty trial, according to a prosecutor.

Assistant District Attorney Dan Wagner will file paperwork in court detailing a January incident where Scott Evans Dekraai became so disruptive in his cell, he threw shit at deputies and had to be restrained.

That could be considered "aggravating evidence'' in a death penalty phase if Dekraai is convicted, Wagner told City News Service.

Dekraai is accused of shooting (and confessing to shooting) nine people--and killing eight of them--in and outside Salon Meritage in Seal Beach on Oct. 12, 2011.

He is charged with eight counts of murder, with a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders, and one count of attempted murder. Salon owner Randy Lee Fannin, 62; Victoria Ann Buzzo, 54; Lucia Bernice Kondas, 65; Laura Lee Elody, 46; Michele Daschbach Fast, 47; Christy Wilson, 47; David Caouette, 64; and Dekraai's 48-year-old ex-wife, Michelle Fournier, were gunned down. Only Hattie Stretz, 73, survived her injuries.

Deputies used pepper balls to restrain Dekraai Jan. 26 before he was taken to the medical ward for a mental health evaluation, according to Jim Amormino, the Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

Dekraai appeared to be "unhappy because he's not in general population,'' Amormino said. The defendant was put in isolation for his own safety, a typical protocol for well-known inmates, the spokesman added.

Dekraai was in court Tuesday so his defense attorneys can seek more information about a confidential informant who chatted with their client about the shootings over a five-day period. Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals told attorneys that
the Sheriff's Department cannot provide the defense with all of the logs of jail visits because they are typically destroyed after a year.

The defense wants to identify the jailhouse snitch in case his background can lead to a motion to prevent jurors from hearing or reading his testimony.

The prosecution believes it can convict Dekraai without the informant but want to use some of the next-door cell chats for the penalty phase.

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Petie
Petie

This man killed my friend and shot her mother, may he live in solitary confinement until he burns in hell!

Alex Lynch
Alex Lynch

He just needs to try a few more times. Turd time's the charm.

Santiago Nicolas Aguilar
Santiago Nicolas Aguilar

Not to defend this sick fuck but, if I was in his place, I'd probably do something similar: best case scenario he gets off free because of "insanity," worst case scenario he fries (which is a hell of a lot better than spending the rest of your life isolated in a cage or a walking target for other prisoners). If you really want to punish him, give him life in prison without parole and leave him at the... um, "mercy" of the general population.

qdpsteve
qdpsteve

"Dekraai appeared to be "unhappy because he's not in general population,'' Amormino said. The defendant was put in isolation for his own safety, a typical protocol for well-known inmates, the spokesman added."

As I said at Facebook: Fine, do it. Give SED what he wants and put in him General. His being beaten to death by the other inmates will only save the state the trouble and expense of trying him and figuring out what we all already know, which is that he's an evil POS and needs to be put down ASAP.

Steve Lanzi
Steve Lanzi

"Dekraai appeared to be "unhappy because he's not in general population,'' Amormino said. The defendant was put in isolation for his own safety, a typical protocol for well-known inmates, the spokesman added." Fine, do it. Give SED what he wants and put in him General. His being beaten to death by the other inmates will only save the state the trouble and expense of trying him and figuring out what we all already know, which is that he's an evil POS and needs to be put down ASAP.

Sandy Baumgardner
Sandy Baumgardner

My bet: He's playing up the crazy card, so that this no-brainer of a case can be tied up in insanity pleas/hearings for the next 10 years.

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

I'll give him a free mental health evaluation. Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Whenever Scotty doens't get his way, he throws a tantrum. Sometimes people get hurt in his shitstorms.

retiredsailorman54
retiredsailorman54

@Alex Lynch OH THAT WAS A JOKE??  Oh I 'm sorry; I'll read it again to see if I laughed. (Cue Jeopardy theme music while reading joke) Nope. Shit wasn't funny the second time neither.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@qdpsteve Yes, but if you put him in general population and he gets killed then there will be a trial for the people who killed him (i.e. John Chamberlain) and that will be expensive!

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