Atlanta-area spa shooter must be executed: Prosecutor
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who is leading the charge against the killer of eight people in Atlanta spas, intends to sentence the shooter to death.
A Fulton County grand jury indicted Robert Aaron Long, 22, in the March 16 slayings of Suncha Kim, 69; Soon Chung Park, 74; Hyun Jung Grant, 51; and Yong Ae Yue, 63. A separate grand jury in Cherokee County indicted Long for a separate shooting there that resulted in the killings of Xiaojie “Emily” Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; Delaina Yaun, 33; and Paul Michels, 54.
Attorney Willis is confident that the motive for the murder of women was precisely their gender and race.
The hate crime charges are based on the actual or perceived race, national origin, sex and gender of the four women killed, the notice says, NBC News reports.
The second district attorney from Cherokee County has not yet decided on the final charge and it is currently unknown whether she will demand the death penalty for Robert Aaron.
The incident also forced the Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to deviate from their principles, as a candidate, Willis took a tough stance of not being executed for convicted criminals.
"Last year I told the voters of Fulton County that I could not imagine a circumstance where I would seek (the death penalty)," Willis said at a news conference Tuesday. "Unfortunately, a case has arisen ... that I believe warrants the ultimate penalty and we shall seek it."
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