US man pleads guilty to four spa murders

US man pleads guilty to four spa murders

Robert Aaron Long, the man charged in the shooting deaths of eight people in Atlanta-area spas in March, has pleaded guilty to murdering four of the victims.

Dressed in a white button-down shirt with an open collar and dress slacks and sporting a mohawk haircut, Long pleaded guilty in court to the murders of four people at the day spa in Cherokee County, about 64km north of Atlanta.

Long – holding his head up but looking sombre – also affirmed agreement with the state's recommendation of four life sentences without possibility of parole, to be served consecutively, plus 35 years on other charges.

The victims in Cherokee County have been identified as: Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33; Paul Andre Michels, 54; Xiaojie Yan, 49; and Daoyou Feng, 44.

Long has also been indicted on murder charges in the March 16 killings of four women in Fulton County, Georgia, which includes Atlanta.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has said Long targeted the women in Atlanta because of their race, origin and gender and that she would seek the death penalty against him.

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