A jailhouse informant testified Tuesday in the trial of Scott Dekraai, who is accused of shooting and killing eight people at a hair salon in Seal Beach.
On the witness stand, Fernando Perez admitted that he was a former member of the Mexican mafia leadership at the Central Men’s Jail in Santa Ana.
Under questioning, Perez claimed that years ago he became an informant for prosecutors in various cases including Dekraai’s.
Dekraai’s attorneys, who have accused prosecutors of widespread misconduct with informants, believe the information that Perez obtained from Dekraai could wrongly be used in the penalty phase of the trial.
Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on March 18, 2014.