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Patrick Crusius, charged with the killing of 22 people in El Paso, Texas, Walmart has plead not guilty; Casey stegall reports.
The 21-year-old man is accused of killing 22 people when he opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, and pleaded not guilty to capital murder charges at his initial appearance on Thursday.
Patrick Crusius walked into the courtroom wearing a dark suit, white shirt, and a pair of glasses. He was sworn in, not to mention the reading of his indictment and pleaded not guilty. The entire hearing lasted less than three minutes.
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About 80 members of the public in the court room on the top floor of the El Paso County Courthouse in order to witness his first appearance. A handful of them wiped away the tears, as Crusius spoken out in favour of his argument. The crowd included a delegation from the Mexican Consulate nearest to you. Eight Mexican citizens were also killed in the attack, and the majority of the victims had Hispanic last names. One person was killed and a German citizen who has lived in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso.
The plaintiffs claim that Crusius drove 10 hours from his home in Allen, near Dallas, texas, for the conduct of the shooting rampage, which also wounded 24 people. Officials say two of the injured remained in the hospital.
The authorities say that Crusius gave himself over to the police, saying, “I am the shooter” and just a few blocks away from the scene. He also told me that he was targeting Mexicans, who went to the busy, Cielo Vista mall, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. The researchers also found a manifesto published hours before the shooting that he allegedly wrote, “in response to the Spanish invasion of the Region.”
The authorities have said that the scriptures point to a “nexus to be a hate crime.”
Local prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty. The federal authorities are weighing capital murder and hate crime charges. The Department of Justice has called the shooting an act of terrorism.
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Crusius, is being held without bond at the El Paso jail. He has been on suicide watch since shortly after his arrest, and is separated from the other prisoners.
He is due back in court on Nov. 7.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.