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US government won’t seek death penalty for accused Walmart shooter

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The US government has said it will not seek the death penalty in its case against Patrick Crusius, who allegedly killed 23 people and injured nearly two dozen others at a Walmart in El Paso more than three years ago.

In the short, one-line filing, First Assistant US Attorney Margaret Leachman did not include a reason for denying the death penalty.

In Texas, however, the district attorney’s office filed a notice last summer saying it would seek the death penalty in the state’s case against Crusius.

The federal government has charged Crusius with 90 counts, including hate crimes and the use of a firearm to commit murder. The shooting, which took place on August 3, 2019, marked one of the deadliest attacks on Latinos in modern US history.

According to court documents, jury selection in the federal case is set to begin in January 2024.

In September 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas agreed to a January 17 deadline for the government to file a notice on whether it would seek the death penalty.

The Texas case, meanwhile, is bogged down in drama involving former district attorney Yvonne Rosales, who resigned in November. No trial date has been set in this case.

Crusius pleaded not guilty to the state capital murder charge and the federal charges.

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