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Death penalty trial for Atlanta spa shooter delayed until 2023

The death penalty trial for Robert Aaron Long, the man accused of killing eight people at three Atlanta-area spas, has been delayed.

WTVM reports that Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville granted prosecutors’ requests to delay the trial. The next status hearing for the trial will be on January 5, 2023.

According to Patch, both prosecution and defense attorneys have said they need more time to prepare after a new Supreme Court ruling on expert testimony.

This is the second court case against Long, NPR reports. He has already pleaded guilty to four counts of murder in Cherokee County for the deaths of Paul Michels, 54; Xiaojie “Emily” Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; and Delaina Yaun, 33. 

Long’s upcoming trial in Fulton County is for the deaths of Suncha Kim, 69; Soon Chung Park, 74; Hyun Jung Grant, 51; and Yong Ae Yue, 63. Long has pleaded not guilty as prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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