Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for the man accused of killing eight people in March at Atlanta-area massage parlors, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said Tuesday.
Robert Aaron Long, 22, faces hate crime and murder charges for the March 16 killings, of four women of Asian descent at two spas in Atlanta. Long faces separate charges for the other four killings, which occurred in nearby Cherokee County.
Long, of Woodstock, Ga., allegedly shot and killed four people, including three women, at Youngs Asian Massage near Woodstock just before 5 p.m.
He then drove 30 miles south to Atlanta, where he shot and killed three more women at Gold Spa and a fourth at Aromatherapy Spa across the street. All of the victims in Atlanta were women of Asian descent.
Cops eventually ID’d Long with the help of his parents, who recognized him from security video posted by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
Willis’ move to seek the death penalty is a departure from her campaign last year, when she stated her opposition to capital punishment.
With Post wires