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Crusius pleads ‘not guilty’ to fed charges; prosecutor says trial delay would be ‘miscarriage of justice’

Patrick Crusius
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Patrick Crusius during his arraignment on state murder charges.

EL PASO, Texas — Accused El Paso Walmart gunman Patrick Crusius entered a written plea of not guilty late Thursday to scores of federal hate crime and gun charges he faces stemming from the mass shooting.

He also waived the right to a formal arraignment hearing - which ironically had been scheduled for Aug. 3 at 11 a.m., on the same day at almost the same time as the shootings occurred a year ago that ultimately left 23 dead and dozens more injured.

In a separate federal court filing late Thursday, the U.S. Attorney for West Texas opposed any further delay in the prosecution of Crusius, saying it would amount to a "miscarriage of justice."

The comment by U.S. Attorney John Bash came in response to a recent move by defense lawyers seeking to delay the government's decision on whether to seek the death penalty against Crusius. (You can read the entire filing at the bottom of this article.)

“Crusius has no cognizable right to participate in the Government’s internal death-penalty review process, let alone on a schedule of his choosing,” Bash wrote.

Crusius' lawyers say their client has diagnosed mental disabilities that should be a “red flag” for federal prosecutors when making their determination on capital punishment.

The defense has sought more time to investigate these “mitigating themes” because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Prosecutors have previously indicated their intent to make a sentence decision by July 30. But the defense claims that timeline would violate Crusius’ constitutional rights because the virus has stalled investigation of issues the government must consider.

Crusius was arrested soon after the shootings happened at the Cielo Vista Walmart and police said he later confessed to driving to El Paso from his home near Dallas to target Mexicans, whom he allegedly ranted about in an online manifesto.

Crusius has also pleaded not guilty in the state capital murder case where prosecutors are already seeking the death penalty. A trial date has not been set in either the state or federal cases.

(The Associated Press contributed background to this report.)

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Jim Parker

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32 Comments

      1. Sounds like fero2a (aka AlbertVelarde) and the other haters (maga, madmike, nadodave etc) are happy the shooter got away with killing so many brown folks. You guys are the scum of the earth. Very sad that we live in a world with people like you who go on a shooting rampage with people they disagree with. People like you plant the seeds of hate in young men who commit horrendous acts and have no remorse.

        1. Wait what? First of all, he hasn’t gotten away with anything. Second, not one of us has ever said anything of the kind. We all what this scumbag to rot in be convicted and to rot in hell.

        2. You sound like Alberto the psycho and hater. You can blame Escobar and Beto for the shooter coming to El Paso and killing brown people. They invited him here with their leftist political rhetoric. I’m a role model for young men obviously you are not. You are a total loser in life and you know it.

      2. No you did not. You have a serious reading and comprehension problem. You missed the part where he stated: “My opinions on automation, immigration and the rest predate Trump and his campaign for president.” Obviously Trump had nothing to do with his ideology and sick mind.

  1. Mental illness had absolutely nothing to do with his actions. When a person experiences a mental breakdown, they act on impulse, not premeditation as his manifesto clearly demonstrates. This a-hole had at least nine hours to ponder over his plan. Bring back the electric chair for this coward POS!

    1. It’s Alberto with another tranny moment. Alberto knows all about mental illness. He’s a schizo psycho. When you have a breakdown you generate a dozen more aliases and then go on a 24/7 psycho rant.

  2. Lots of Aztecas in EPCD with him. Maybe even some with relatives or friends that were victims. Let him out of his private digs for a game of dodge ball in the rec area.

  3. Major league sporting BLM!!!!! That Kaepernick sure changed the world!!!!! The Cup has rune the over. Anyone who doesn’t agree with BLM is officially an outcast. Plain and simple. America as you knew it. Assimilate now or……

  4. Out loud!!!!!!! BLACK LIVES MATTER/MEXICAN-IMMIGRANT LIVES MATTER. It’s here to stay!!!!! BIDEN2020. Wil go down as one of the best Presidents ever. The modern day Kennedy! I hope he’s fully protected this time around!

    1. Delusional much? Biden will be in an Alzheimers nursing home before the election. BTW – Your brown life doesn’t matter. I seriously doubt any black person likes you.

  5. Crusius is nothing but a loner deplorable. Hey get fu&$ed in jail until what he eats will come out directly. Wait, madmike/Fero/K1DPR/ etc like that. Runs in their kennels. Dirty evolutionized nasty breed.

  6. This turds trial needs to proceed with all dispatch. He has no “mental disabilities.” He’s just worthless scum. If found guilty and sentenced to death (And how could he not be) this bast*rd needs to be nailed to a cross and crucified.

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