accused manin racist attacks in The federal government plans to plead guilty to the charges in the case, according to court records filed days after the federal government said it would not seek the death penalty in the case.
Patrick Crusius is still facing murder charges in state court and could face the death penalty in Texas if convicted.It killed 23 people.
In court on Saturday, defense attorneys asked for a hearing to allow Crusius to plead guilty to federal charges. He was indicted for federal hate crimes and firearms violations.
U.S. District Judge David Guaderrama set Monday’s order for a Feb. 8 hearing in El Paso.
According to the arrest warrant, Crusius surrendered to police after the attack, saying, “I am the shooter,” and said he was targeting Mexicans. He said he published a screed online that said it was “a response to the Texas invasion.”
In addition to the dead, more than 20 people were injured in the Aug. 3, 2019 shooting at Walmart, a popular store with shoppers from Mexico and the United States, on a busy weekend day. Many were Mexican citizens.
El Paso is a predominantly Hispanic city that, together with Ciudad Juarez, has a population of over 2 million and forms a cosmopolitan metro area. On the US side, suburbs extend into New Mexico.
Federal and state lawsuits are proceeding in parallel, but it is unclear when Crusius will be tried on state charges. A hearing in the state lawsuit was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, according to court records.
District Attorney Yvonne Rosales, who was leading the state’s case, resigned in November following accusations of incompetence in El Paso involving hundreds of lawsuits and delaying the case against Crusius. Greg Abbott appointed a new district attorney last month to “restore confidence” in the local criminal justice system.
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