The man accused of killing eight people in Georgia in March pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to four counts of murder and other charges.
Robert Aaron Long, 22, filed the petition through his attorney during a brief hearing in Fulton County.
Prosecutors say Long shot and killed eight people at three spas in the Atlanta area.
Long has already been convicted of four murders. A Cherokee County judge sentenced her to life without the possibility of parole for the murders of 33-year-old Delaina Ashley Yeon; Daoyu Feng, 44; Paul Andre Michel, 54; and Xiaozi Yan, 49.
Long is charged with the murder of 51-year-old Hyun Jung Grant in Fulton County; Yong A. Yu, 63; Sucha Kim, 69; and Soon Chung Park, 74.
Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis, a Democrat, has said she will pursue the death penalty.
“Last year, I told Fulton County voters that I couldn’t imagine a situation where I would find it,” she said earlier this year. “And at the time, I didn’t. Unfortunately, in the first few months of my tenure, a case has come up that I think is needed.”
“The decision I made to seek death was with the full support of the families” [of the victims], and they continue to support this office,” she added during a briefing last month.
Willis believes hate crimes were committed for a long time, though Cherokee County prosecutors said there was no evidence that was the case.
Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace, who worked with Long’s lawyers to reach a plea deal, told reporters after the deal was struck that “justice had been served.”
She said she could have pursued the death penalty but decided against it as the victims and their families did not want the amount of time to go to trial.
At a court hearing in Cherokee County in July, Tall described how he bought a shotgun, a bottle of bourbon, and set out to kill himself, claiming to feel remorse for a self-proclaimed sex addict.
Instead, he said he decided to do spa shootings in two counties in metro Atlanta.
The next hearing in Fulton County is set for November 23.
Reuters contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times