Federal prosecutors in EL PASO, Texas, have decided against pursuing the death penalty for a man who is accused of killing 23 people in a racial attack at a West Texas Walmart in 2019. The US Department of Justice declared its choice not to seek the death penalty for Patrick Crusius in a one-sentence notice submitted on Tuesday, January 17, to the federal court in El Paso.
Despite the fact that Crusius might still be sentenced to death if found guilty in a state court, federal prosecutors did not provide any justification for their decision in their court filing. Only a few weeks have passed since Jaime Esparza, the former district attorney of El Paso, was named US Attorney for the Western District of Texas.
Patrick Crusius, the El Paso Walmart shooter, maintains his innocence while pleading in court.
Patrick Crusius, the suspect in the shooting in El Paso, was “an extreme loner, irritable, and had a short temper.”
What was Patrick Crusius’ crime?
During the August 3, 2019, massacre, which left 23 people dead and another 23 injured, Crusius, 24, is suspected of specifically targeting Mexicans. The Dallas native is accused of capital murder, federal gun offenses, and hate crimes in state court. Crusius entered a plea of not guilty.