(CBS/AP) SANTA ANA, Calif. - The man accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife and seven other people in a Southern California hair salon on Oct. 12. pleaded not guilty Tuesday to eight counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
Scott Dekraai, 42, who prosecutors say wore a bullet-proof vest during the massacre at a Seal Beach salon, faces the death penalty if convicted. Dekraai is being held in jail without bail.
At the time of the shootings, Dekraai and his ex-wife, Michelle Fournier, were involved in a custody dispute over their 8-year-old son.
The Associated Press reports that court papers show Dekraai had been unable to work after a 2007 accident left him injured and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. And according to Fournier's attorney, Dekraai told a family court-appointed psychologist that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.