Accused spa shooter pleads not guilty as prosecutors pursue death penalty for killing of 4

ATLANTA (CBS46) — The man currently serving life in prison for murdering four people at a massage parlor in Cherokee County has plead not guilty to the murder of four other people shot that day at similar businesses. 

In his first plea, gunman Robert Aaron Long, 22, pleaded guilty for the murders at Young’s Asian Massage on March 16. Long entered guilty pleas for all 23 counts in the indictment.

He was sentenced to life in prison without parole. 

The victims were Suncha Ki Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Yong Ae Yue, Xiaojie “Emily” Tan, Delaina Yaun, Paul Michels and Daoyou Feng. 

Long told police that the attack was not racially motivated and claimed to have a “sex addiction,” with authorities saying he apparently lashed out at what he saw as sources of temptation.

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On Tuesday, he appeared in Fulton County Superior Court on charges relating to Murder, Domestic Terrorism and Aggravated Assault. 

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and her team of prosecutors declared in late August their intent to seek the death penalty and pursue hate crime violations against Long.

The proceeding began shortly after 9 a.m. Long and his defense team appeared before a judge, waived arraignment, entered a not guilty plea and exited shortly after. 

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