El Paso Walmart shooter Patrick Crusius won’t face death penalty

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El Paso Walmart shooter Patrick Crusius won't face death penalty

Federal prosecutors declined Tuesday to seek the death penalty for the alleged Walmart shooter who killed 23 shoppers in an El Paso branch of the store in 2019.

The decision is consistent with the Department of Justice’s practice of not pursuing capital punishment in federal cases since President Joe Biden took office, according to local reports.

Patrick Crusius is accused of driving 10 hours from Allen, Texas and casing the busy Walmart to make sure it was filled with Hispanic people before gunning down 23 shoppers with an AK-47 and injuring 22 others on Aug. 3, 2019.

“The United States of America hereby notifies the Court and Defendant Patrick Wood Crusius that the Government will not seek the death penalty in the instant case,” stated the one-sentence filing, according to El Paso Matters.

Surveillance video from inside the store captured a gun-wielding Crusius entering the El Paso story on a busy Saturday, prosecutors said.
Surveillance video from inside the store captured a gun-wielding Crusius entering the El Paso story on a busy Saturday, prosecutors said.
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El Paso Walmart mass shooter Patrick Crusius appears in court.
El Paso Walmart mass shooter Patrick Crusius appears in court.
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Crusius is facing federal hate crime charges as well as murder charges for his actions and the case is scheduled to go before a judge in January next year.

In a hate-filled manifesto posted online moments before the attack, the now 24-year-old complained of a “Hispanic invasion of Texas,” writing that he was “simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion,” prosecutors claim.

The shooting came during a busy back-to-school shopping day at the store — a popular destination for residents of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, just across the US border from El Paso.

Jordan Anchondo-Jamrowski with her husband Andre Anchondo were both killed.
Jordan Anchondo-Jamrowski with her husband Andre Anchondo were both killed.

El Paso victim Leonardo Campos
El Paso victim Leonardo Campos


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Walmart customers are escorted from the store after he allegedly opened fire.
Walmart customers are escorted from the store after he allegedly opened fire.

Antonio Basco, whose wife Margie Reckard was murdered during a shooting at a Walmart store, is comforted by a woman next to a white wooden cross bearing the name of his late wife, at a memorial for the victims.
Antonio Basco, whose wife Margie Reckard was murdered during a shooting at a Walmart store, is comforted by a woman next to a white wooden cross bearing the name of his late wife, at a memorial for the victims.


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Several law enforcement agencies responded to the deadly massacre.
Several law enforcement agencies responded to the deadly massacre.


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The alleged killer does face the death penalty in the state case against him. No date has been set in that trial as Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Attorney Bill Hicks to be district attorney last month.

Former DA Yvonne Rosales had handled the case before that, but was forced out of office under accusations of incompetency and mishandling of multiple cases, including the Walmart shooting, the biggest case in the city’s history.

Life in prison is the highest punishment the feds could seek for Crusius now that death by lethal injection is off the table.

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