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Accused El Paso Walmart shooter officially indicted for murder of 23rd victim, ‘Memo’ Garcia

Patrick Crusius
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Patrick Crusius during his arraignment on state murder charges.
Guillermo Garcia
Jessica Garcia
Walmart shooting victim Guillermo Garcia pictured with his wife Jessica.

UPDATE: An El Paso County grand jury on Thursday re-indicted Patrick Crusius for capital murder to include the most recent death of Guillermo 'Memo' Garcia.

In addition, the new indictment added 22 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, with a hate crime enhancement, for the other shooting victims.

"The hate crime enhancement to the aggravated assault charges increases the aggravated assault punishment from a second degree felony to a first degree felony, which is punishable by confinement for life or a term from 5 to 99 years in prison," said a statement Thursday from the District Attorney's Office.

Below is the complete new indictment filed Thursday, followed by our background reporting on the case.

ORIGINAL REPORT: EL PASO, Texas — The suspect in El Paso's Walmart shooting tragedy is expected to be re-indicted by a grand jury sometime Thursday to reflect additional murder charges stemming from the recent death of a 23rd victim, the District Attorney's Office confirmed to ABC-7.

The new indictment of Patrick Crusius will include April's death of 36-year-old Guillermo "Memo" Garcia, who became the latest fatality of the Aug. 3 mass shooting. Garcia died after being hospitalized in intensive care for months following the shooting, undergoing dozens of operations.

Crusius' initial state indictment covered the capital murders of the original 22 deceased, making him eligible for the death penalty if convicted.

El Paso County District Attorney Jaime Esparza indicated on Wednesday that the revised indictment will also cover charges for those who were injured in the attack.

“We’re re-indicting the defendant to include the additional death and to include all of those injured in the Walmart shooting in order to give the next DA all of their options,” Esparza said, referring to his imminent retirement after 28 years in office. Voters will elect his replacement on July 14.

“We just want to cover all our bases,” he added.

More than 20 people survived the shooting with injuries. Hundreds more have suffered psychological trauma either because they were present or because a loved one was wounded, officials have said on prior occasions.

Crusius, 21, of the Dallas suburb of Allen, remains held without bond in the downtown El Paso jail on the existing state murder charges as well as on a 90-count federal indictment in which he was charged with hate crimes in the shooting for allegedly targeting Hispanics.

Officials have said the federal prosecution against Crusius will parallel the state's capital murder case, for which Esparza has already said he'll seek the death penalty.

Both federal and state prosecutors previously indicated the attack was the result of militant racism. They have said that Crusius carried out the shootings in order to scare Latinos into leaving the U.S., a plot they allege he outlined in a screed published online shortly before the attack.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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28 Comments

  1. “Crusius carried out the shootings in order to scare Latinos into leaving the U.S.”
    Isn’t that what blm (the inventors being angry teenage lesbians, their words, not mine) boogaloo, feminists and the demoKKKrats are trying to do? Scaring whitey to submit to them as slaves? They are the rioters, the protesters, the tearing down of history unwashed maggots of society. Black people need to wake up and realize who the real slave owners were and are. The demoKKKrats.
    Crusious needs to fry in hell and anyone else that hurts any citizen that all they want is to live in peace.

    1. That little scum bag could have worked out his hatred of “Mexicans” by helping the orange buffoon build the wall intead of getting brainwashed by him into killing innocent people. Now he won’t be able to vote for his idol on November 3.

        1. This disturbed individual was a white supremacist who worshipped the orange buffoon and according to writings found by investigators he was emboldened by rhetoric coming from said orange buffoon. Get your facts straight. He was a racist following our racist-wall building deeply disturbed president.

    1. you and racist mark can play with each other all you want but you are the same scum personality putting fake news and lies so you can enjoy each other. When a person can’t respond intelligently you lower yourselves to yourselves. Nothing lower in El Paso like your 60 mentally challenged personalities.

  2. Throw The book At Him More charges to follow, following a
    thorough Investigationn into this terrorist thug’s co-Cononspirtors within the Republikklan Party.

      1. Isn’t funny Fero that every time some disgusting individual comes out in the news its a demoKKKrat yet scum like alberto muerto, mark, caca cara,ux2 and going backward always start with the he’s republican crap? I wonder what they use for disinfecting their diarrhea of the mouth syndrome?

  3. Don’t worry BigotDave. If your president wins another term he will pardon his admirer Crusius. And then he will give him a job constructing the Wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for.

    1. Well if he pardons crusious he will also pardon you for being a fool and give you a job, huh? But you are probably happy sucking the tit of alberto muerto.

  4. The orange buffoon celebrated all three miles of new construction on the wall and tried to claim it was 200 miles. 3 or 200, the immigrants are going around, over, and under it just as they always have.

    1. It’s fake news markturner aka Alberto. 200 miles of border wall/barrier has been completed in Arizona to date. President Trump was there for 3 miles of it. BTW – Not too long ago an illegal immigrant which was a pregnant woman died trying to scale the new bollard high wall/barrier so your claim is patently false. The new wall/barrier in Sunland Park/Mt. Christo Rey is very effective. 400 crossings a day dropped to ZERO! Top that libtard.

  5. Trump can build a 30 foot wall, then someone will make a 31 foot ladder. Trump’s folly will cost plenty of money that can otherwise be used to help the American people in so many other ways. The billions could be used to raise teacher’s salaries, build our Military better housing, to help pare down student Loans for Medical Students, etc. Instead he is using the Wall as Red Meat for his Racist, Xenophobic followers so they can elect him for another term. Guess what? It ain’t going to work this time. Everybody is wise to Trump’s dirty tricks by now and he’s Done. 4 years of Trump’s Circus is enough even for Many Republicans themselves.

      1. Comments from RetardedDave reminds of Junior High schoolyard insults from that kid who grew up to be a racist, bigoted Republican, and Trump Brown Noser.

  6. Velarde is Retarded. According to Homeland Security 216 miles of Outdated or Dilapidated Fencing has been replaced with new wall/fencing since he became president. ONLY 3 miles of his new Wall has been built as of June 2020. Only reason nobody has gone over his Wall is because our economy is in a Recession right now. Oh, that and Covid19. Wouldn’t be surprised if Mexico bans Americans from going to Mexico due to rampant US Covid19 infection rates.

    1. There are over 100 illegal crossings daily in El Paso County alone. Anyone who has lived in El Paso longer than 30 days knows this. I gave a ride to three of them last week who were crossing Border Highway near Ascarate Park. That’s what decent, moral, and patriotic Americans do. They help other immigrants since we are ALL immigrants.

  7. This type of activity will continue until Congress meets its responsibility to come up with a workable immigration overhaul amd give immigrants a legal way to enter the country.

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