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California salon massacre suspect pleads not guilty to killing eight people

Scott Dekraai (inset) is accused of killing eight people at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, Calif. on Oct. 12, 2011
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(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.

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