Attorneys wrap up jailhouse informants hearing

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Updated: 8/01/2014 9:46 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A lengthy court hearing over allegations of prosecutorial misconduct and misuse of jailhouse informants in Orange County has come to an end.

Susan Kang Schroeder, chief of staff for the Orange County District Attorney's office, said attorneys gave closing arguments Thursday to end the monthslong hearing that stemmed from the case of a man who killed eight people at a hair salon.

She says the judge will rule Monday on a defense request to recuse the district attorney's office and take the death penalty off the table for Scott Dekraai, who pleaded guilty to the shootings.

Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders says prosecutors and law enforcement used jailhouse informants to glean information from Dekraai and other suspects in violation of their constitutional rights and didn't release required evidence to their lawyers.

Prosecutors have acknowledged some missteps but have said the allegations are unfounded.

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