Accused in Walmart mass shooting, shooter pleads guilty to federal charges

EL PASO, TX (KTEP) — Three years after 23 people were killed and dozens injured in a mass shooting at an East Side Walmart store, the accused shooter pleads guilty to federal charges.

Lawyers representing Patrick Crusius filed a motion on Saturday to hold a new hearing on the charges. This followed a decision by the US Department of Justice not to seek the death penalty for the 24-year-old man.

“The defendant notifies the court of his intention to plead guilty to the indictment,” the statement said.

The court made no other statements. A jury trial date has been set in one year.

Crusius, the accused shooter, faces 23 counts of hate crimes resulting in death, 23 counts of using a firearm to commit murder in a violent crime, 22 counts of hate crimes in an attempted murder, and 22 counts of using a firearm weapons. firearms during the crime of violence.

According to law enforcement, Crusius allegedly traveled over nine hours from Allen to El Paso to “stop the Hispanic invasion” of Texas. The tragic event of August 3, 2019 was the largest massacre against Hispanics in recent history.

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