Robert Long, 22, made a court appearance Tuesday morning (July 27) in Cherokee County where he faced charges for four of the slayings. His guilty plea in this county gives him life without parole, though he could face the death penalty for the other four murders being prosecuted in Fulton County.
Long entered a plea deal in Cherokee County, admitting to all the charges against him which included malice murder, felony murder, attempt to commit murder and aggravated assault.
According to the Daily Mail, Long was indicted in Fulton County last month and faces charges of domestic terrorism with a hate crime in addition to murder after being accused to targeting women of Asian descent. Officials in Cherokee County declined to bring hate crime charges against Long.
Police say Long traveled to three different spas in the metro-Atlanta area on March 16 where he gunned down eight people: Hyun Jung Grant, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Soon Park, Yong Yue, and Suncha Kim.
Long could still receive the death penalty in Fulton County.
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