El Paso massacre suspect Patrick Crusius pleads not guilty

  • El Paso massacre suspect Patrick Crusius pleads not guilty

El Paso massacre suspect Patrick Crusius pleads not guilty

Crusius, 21-year-old, from Allen, Texas, stands accused of killing 22 and injuring 25 in the August 3, 2019, mass shooting at an East El Paso Walmart in the seventh deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history and third deadliest in Texas.

The 19-year-old suspect in the fatal shooting of 22 people at a Texas Walmart is set to face his trial judge Thursday for the first time since his arrest. He was sworn in, waived the reading of his indictment and pleaded not guilty.

His arraignment in Judicial District Court in El Paso was his first court appearance since the August 3 massacre.

Crusius, 21, who wore a suit and glasses, only spoke to enter his plea and responded "Yes, Sir" to questions from Judge Sam Medrano Jr. on the pronunciation of his last name and if it was spelled correctly on paper. The crowd included a delegation from the Mexican Consulate.

Eight of the people killed in the rampage were Mexican nationals, and numerous other victims were Americans of Hispanic origin. Some two-dozen people survived the attack with injuries, and two of them remain in the hospital, hospital officials said.

He was indicted last month on capital murder charges, which is punishable by the death penalty or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Crusius turned himself in less than an hour after the shooting after fleeing the scene in his auto, according to police. Federal authorities are also considering capital murder charges and are investigating possible hate crimes charges.

The US attorney for the Western District of Texas, John Bash, then added that the case was being treated as an act of domestic terrorism.

It additionally contains the FBI's "manifesto analysis" of the racist screed authorities say Crusius posted on-line minutes earlier than the assault, saying the capturing was "a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas".

The hearing in the El Paso County Courthouse was Mr Crusius's first public appearance since his arrest. He has been on suicide watch since shortly after his arrest and is separated from other prisoners.

He is due back in court on November 7.