Prosecutors are looking for the demise penalty for the person accused of murdering eight individuals within the Atlanta therapeutic massage spa capturing spree.
Robert Aaron Lengthy, 22, has already pleaded responsible to killing 4 individuals on the Younger’s Asian Therapeutic massage parlor in Cherokee County on March 16.
He’s additionally accused of murdering 4 extra in two Atlanta spas later that very same day.
Lengthy was scheduled to be arraigned on Monday in Fulton County on the 4 Atlanta slayings earlier than it was postponed till late subsequent month.
In that case, Lengthy is dealing with costs of homicide, aggravated assault and home terrorism.
Prosecutors within the Atlanta proceedings instructed Fulton County Superior Court docket Choose Ural Glanville Monday that they’d already filed paperwork to hunt the demise penalty.
The prosecutors stated they had been looking for the demise penalty after characterizing the mass capturing has a hate crime primarily based on race or gender.
Six of the eight victims had been Asian girls. All 4 girls killed in Atlanta had been Asian.
Lengthy, who was sporting quick hair as an alternative of the mohawk he wore final time he confronted court docket, largely sat in silence throughout the temporary listening to.
He quietly responded “sure, sir” when the decide requested if he understood the proceedings.
Lengthy accepted a plea deal final month within the Cherokee County proceedings in trade for 4 life sentences with out the potential for parole.
Prosecutors in that case had deliberate to hunt the demise penalty if he didn’t plead responsible.
These killed within the Cherokee County spa included Paul Michels, 54; Xiaojie “Emily” Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; and Delaina Yaun, 33.
Suncha Kim, 69; Quickly Chung Park, 74; Hyun Jung Grant, 51; and Yong Ae Yue, 63, had been killed within the Atlanta therapeutic massage parlors.
The mass capturing sparked worry and outrage amongst Asian Individuals amid a wave of anti-Asian bias and violence throughout the US throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Throughout his Cherokee County listening to, Lengthy instructed the court docket he’d deliberate to kill himself that day and went to the therapeutic massage companies pondering that paying for intercourse — which he thought of hateful — would push him to do it.
He detailed how he purchased a 9mm handgun and a bottle of bourbon on the best way. Lengthy stated he drank within the parking zone of the spa for about an hour — and in his drunken rage determined guilty the spa employees for his twisted perversions and kill them as an alternative.
With Publish wires