Seal Beach Massacre: Over a Child Custody dispute

Last week, Orange County was a buzz over the killing of 8 people in a hair salon.

Scott Evans Dekraai of Huntington Beach is the suspect in the worst mass killing in Orange County. He is currently being held without bail since his arrest Wednesday after the massacre at the Salon Meritage on Pacific Coast Highway. Dekraai was apparently targeting his ex-wife, Michelle Fournier, but as a result 7 other people were killed and 1 person is in critical condition.

Fournier and Dekraai were engaged in a bitter Orange County child custody battle over their 8-year-old son.

Fournier’s attorney, John Cate Jr., told the Orange County Register that Dekraai and his Fournier were in court the day before the shooting. Dekraai had filed an Order to Show Cause seeking sole custody of his son, but a court-ordered report recommended against it.

“Scott Dekraai’s demeanor throughout this case has been controlled, and he never gave any indication that he housed the potential for such destruction and carnage,” Cate said in a statement.

From an Orange County divorce lawyers perspective, child custody disputes leading to killings is all too familiar. Murder is never the answer. One option of working out child custody disputes is through mediation. Going over the issues in conflict with a neutral third party can be helpful to your case.

Contact an Orange County divorce lawyer for more information on child custody disputes.

Source: Seal Beach Shooting: Murder charges expected against suspect