The Attorney General for the State of Georgia has announced that it will impose the death penalty on Robert Aaron Long, the alleged perpetrator in the shootings that took place in several spas in the city of Atlanta in March last year, which resulted in eight deaths, including six Women of Asian origin.
The 22-year-old suspect has been charged with eight homicide cases by a Cherokee County grand jury, despite prosecutors seeking the death penalty on the grounds that the attacker committed hate crimes based on gender and ethnicity. The victims.
Long was also charged with aggravated assault and domestic terrorism, according to court documents accessed by CNN. He was previously charged with four other murders and one assault in Cherokee County.
Fulton County Attorney Fani Willis has alleged that seeking the death penalty for hate crimes for Long sends a strong message that “everyone in this community is valued”.
“We are all equal before the law,” she said at a press conference before making it clear that a year ago she would never have imagined a situation in which she herself would apply for the death penalty for a defendant. “Unfortunately there was one case in my first few months in office and I think it’s worth the death penalty,” he said.
He has pointed out that cases involving the death penalty “are never easy”. “It’s a long way (…), but there are ways that are worth following,” he said.
“I examined this case personally. (…) I spent more than six hours with each family in this regard. We examined the evidence and I am sure that the decision to request this sentence is appropriate”, he has done.