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The man charged with the El Paso Walmart mass shooting is due to plead guilty in a federal case on Feb. 8.

A man accused of killing 23 people in a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso in 2019 is due to plead guilty Feb. 8 to federal charges, according to court records.

U.S. District Court Judge David C. Guaderrama has scheduled a retrial hearing for 10:00 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Albert Armendariz Sr. Federal Courthouse in downtown El Paso, where Patrick Crusius is expected to plead guilty to several federal charges brought against him in connection with the El Paso Walmart mass shooting on August 3, 2019, according to federal court records. The hearing was scheduled for Monday.

The hearing comes after Crusius’ attorneys filed a motion for a hearing on Saturday, saying Crusius planned to plead guilty.

Crusius faces 90 federal charges, including 45 hate crimes, in connection with the August 3, 2019 mass shooting at a Walmart store in East El Paso.

As a result of the shooting, 23 people were killed and dozens were injured.

Crusius’ attorneys say in the lawsuit that their client intended to plead guilty after federal investigators from the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Jan. 17 that they would not seek the death penalty for Crusius.

A non-disclosure order issued by the state district court prevents lawyers, witnesses, family members, or anyone else involved in the case from discussing it.

Crusius faces the death penalty in state court.

He is charged in state court with one count of capital murder and 22 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

No date has been set for the state court hearing.

A federal trial has been scheduled for 2024; jury selection was to begin in January of that year.

According to the federal indictment, Crusius of Allen, Texas is accused of driving from suburban Dallas to El Paso on August 3, 2019 with a variant of the AK-47 assault rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Prior to the shooting, he allegedly uploaded a racist tirade online claiming that his attack was “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas”.

Crusius then allegedly shot people in a parking lot and at a Walmart store in East El Paso located near the Cielo Vista Mall, killing 23 people and injuring dozens.

He then turned himself in to law enforcement shortly after the shooting.

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