Two months after a horrific massacre at the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso, accused gunman Patrick Crusius now has a date set to be arraigned in court.
There’s been no sight of the 21-year-old defendant since he was arrested near the Walmart store where 22 people were killed on Aug. 3.
Crusius’s arraignment – where he will be asked how he pleads – will take place on Oct. 9, according to an order signed by Judge Sam Medrano, who was just assigned the case earlier this week.
Crusius, of the Dallas suburb of Allen, has been indicted on capital murder of multiple persons charges and prosecutors are seeking to have him sentenced to execution if convicted.
Crusius remains held without bond in the El Paso County Detention Facility. The judge’s order requires that Crusius be transported from the jail to court to appear in person at his arraignment.
Crusius’ motive is outlined in statements he purportedly gave to police after his arrest. Court documents indicated he admitted to targeting Hispanics in his shooting rampage because of his concerns about an invasion of Mexicans into Texas.