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Atlanta spa gunman Robert Long pleads not guilty to 4 murder charges

ABC News
ABC News
 27 days ago

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The 22-year-old man behind the Atlanta-area spa shootings that killed eight people in March pleaded not guilty to four murders in Fulton County. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Robert Aaron Long appeared in court Tuesday for the charges related to four deaths at two spas.

At the brief hearing, his lawyer waived arraignment and entered a not guilty plea to all charges, including murder, aggravated assault and domestic terrorism, and requested additional time to file motions. The next hearing date is slated for Nov. 23.

He is accused of launching the shooting spree on March 16. Six of the eight victims were Asian women.

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Long was indicted in Fulton County for the deaths of Suncha Kim, 69; Soon Chung Park, 74; Hyun Jung Grant, 51; and Yong Ae Yue, 63. Those shootings took place at Gold Spa and Aromatherapy Spa.

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Crisp County Sheriffs Office via AP - PHOTO: Booking photo provided by the Crisp County, Ga., Sheriff's Office shows Robert Aaron Long.

In May, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said she’d seek the death penalty and hate crime charges against Long.

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She had filed sentencing enhancements under Georgia’s hate crime law, which offers guidelines for anyone convicted of targeting a person based on race, color, religion and gender. Willis said at the time that race and gender played a role in the shooting.

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Pool/ABC News - PHOTO: Robert Aaron Long appears in court in Cherokee County, Georgia, July 27, 2021.

Long's already been sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus an additional 35 years, after he pleaded guilty in July to four counts of murder and other charges regarding deaths at a spa in Cherokee County.

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At the time he said he loathed his sexual addiction and it drove him to transfer blame from himself to sex workers at the spas he frequented for sex.

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Elijah Nouvelage/AFP via Getty Images, FILE - PHOTO: Law enforcement personnel are seen outside a spa where a person was shot and killed on March 16, 2021, in Atlanta. Eight people were killed in shootings at three different spas in Georgia on March 16.

The victims killed at Young's Asian Massage near the Atlanta suburb of Woodstock in Cherokee County were Xiaojie "Emily" Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; Delaina Yaun, 33; and Paul Michels, 54.

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Mckenzie Grant
27d ago

I am white and I have always known what disposable things white people feel like towards other races but since Trump I have never been so ashamed of being a white American it's like he wanted to relive the 50s and 60s race problems. And in my opinion anyone who is still supporting Hitler I mean Trump should be arrested for crimes against humanity

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Allen Jackson
27d ago

I often wondered why lawyers suggest 🤔 that their clients plead not guilty even though you're caught with the proverbial smoking gun in your hands and there's 4 dead bodies because of that fact! Why waste time? You know you did it! They know you did it! And the victims are painfully aware that YOU did it! So now is a no guilty and $150,000 minimum representation fee that will be rendered plus a cost to the tax payer in millions in prosecution and the beginning of an incarceration expense to the state!

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Flint Mi
28d ago

throw the book at him that a hate crime, if he that was another race they would be talking death penalty

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