Atlanta spa gunman Robert Long pleads not guilty to 4 murder charges in Fulton County

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Atlanta spa gunman Robert Long pleads not guilty to 4 murder charges in Fulton County

The 22-year-old man behind the Atlanta-area spa shootings that killed eight people in March pleaded not guilty to four murders in Fulton County. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Robert Aaron Long appeared in court Tuesday for the charges related to four deaths at two spas.

At the brief hearing, his lawyer waived arraignment and entered a not guilty plea to all charges, including murder, aggravated assault and domestic terrorism, and requested additional time to file motions. The next hearing date is slated for Nov. 23.

He is accused of launching the shooting spree on March 16. Six of the eight victims were Asian women.

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Long was indicted in Fulton County for the deaths of Suncha Kim, 69; Soon Chung Park, 74; Hyun Jung Grant, 51; and Yong Ae Yue, 63. Those shootings took place at Gold Spa and Aromatherapy Spa.

PHOTO: Booking photo provided by the Crisp County, Ga., Sheriff's Office shows Robert Aaron Long.  (Crisp County Sheriff's Office via AP)
PHOTO: Booking photo provided by the Crisp County, Ga., Sheriff's Office shows Robert Aaron Long. (Crisp County Sheriff's Office via AP)

In May, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said she’d seek the death penalty and hate crime charges against Long.

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She had filed sentencing enhancements under Georgia’s hate crime law, which offers guidelines for anyone convicted of targeting a person based on race, color, religion and gender. Willis said at the time that race and gender played a role in the shooting.

PHOTO: Robert Aaron Long appears in court in Cherokee County, Georgia, July 27, 2021. (Pool/ABC News)
PHOTO: Robert Aaron Long appears in court in Cherokee County, Georgia, July 27, 2021. (Pool/ABC News)

Long's already been sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus an additional 35 years, after he pleaded guilty in July to four counts of murder and other charges regarding deaths at a spa in Cherokee County.

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At the time he said he loathed his sexual addiction and it drove him to transfer blame from himself to sex workers at the spas he frequented for sex.

PHOTO: Law enforcement personnel are seen outside a spa where a person was shot and killed on March 16, 2021, in Atlanta. Eight people were killed in shootings at three different spas in Georgia on March 16. (Elijah Nouvelage/AFP via Getty Images, FILE)
PHOTO: Law enforcement personnel are seen outside a spa where a person was shot and killed on March 16, 2021, in Atlanta. Eight people were killed in shootings at three different spas in Georgia on March 16. (Elijah Nouvelage/AFP via Getty Images, FILE)

The victims killed at Young's Asian Massage near the Atlanta suburb of Woodstock in Cherokee County were Xiaojie "Emily" Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; Delaina Yaun, 33; and Paul Michels, 54.

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