Atlanta-area spa shooting suspect to be arraigned in Atlanta

Robert Aaron Long, the man accused of killing eight people at three Atlanta-area spas in April, is ready for his second hearing – this time in Atlanta.

Long faces the death penalty in Fulton County for shootings at the Gold Spa and Aromatherapy Spa that killed Suncha Kim, 69, Soon Chung Park, 74, Hyun Jung Grant, 51, and 63. old Yong Ae Yue, 63 years old. All of the Atlanta victims were women of Asian descent.

Fulton County Prosecutor Fani Willis said she was comfortable with his death sentence decision. She said death penalty cases like this could take anywhere from 24 to 36 months.

“It is a myth that people who come from urban jurisdictions will not kill. decide when it’s appropriate, ”said Willis.

Six of the eight victims were Asian women, and Willis said she would not tolerate victims targeted because of their gender or race in her jurisdiction.

“It’s a decision I’ve thought about a lot, but in this case I think it’s appropriate,” Willis said.

Long was charged in Fulton County with four counts of murder, four counts of murder, five counts of assault with a lethal weapon, four counts of possession of a firearm while committing a crime and one count of domestic terrorism, according to Online Records.

In July, Long pleaded guilty to murder, aggravated assault and more in Cherokee County court in connection with the shooting at Youngs Asian Massage near Acworth.

Long is accused of killing Xiaojie “Emily” Tan, 49, Daoyou Feng, 44, Delaina Ashley Yaun Gonzalez, 33, and Paul Michels, 54, at Youngs Asian Massage near Acworth on March 16. Long also shot and injured a fifth person, investigators said.

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