We are giving you information about Feds Will Not Seek Death Penalty in Walmart Shooting. In their prosecution of the shooter who killed 23 people in a 2019 mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday that they would not seek the death sentence.
In federal court in the Western District of Texas, Patrick Wood Crusius is accused of many federal hate crimes and gun-related offenses. The federal indictment claims that on August 3, 2019, the Caucasian male, who was 21 at the time, reportedly drove from the Dallas suburbs to El Paso carrying an assault rifle resembling the AK-47 and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
Before the shooting, he allegedly posted a racist rant online, calling his attack “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.” Most of the 23 fatalities and numerous injuries were Mexican citizens or people of Mexican origin.
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According to federal prosecutors’ notice to the court, the government will not seek the death sentence in this case. Federal prosecutors had been given until Tuesday by U.S. District Judge David C. Guaderrama to submit the notice of intent.
The federal trial is slated to begin in 2024 by Guaderrama. Jury selection will start on January 8 of the following year. In the state capital murder case against Crusius, which has not yet been set for trial, he is subject to the death penalty.
Joe Spencer, the defendant’s lawyer, declined to respond on Tuesday, citing the state case’s gag order prohibiting attorneys from discussing the incident at Walmart.
Federal executions were suspended in 2021 by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland while regulations and practices were examined. However, in some terrorism-related cases, the Justice Department has persisted in seeking the death penalty.
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Although there is no particular “domestic terrorism” charge in the federal statute, Justice Department officials and elected officials referred to the Walmart shooting as “domestic terrorism.”
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