Grand Jury indicts El Paso mass shooter Patrick Crusius for capital murder


Prosecutors will seek the death penalty

Patrick Crusius
(Photo provided by the FBI)

EL PASO, Texas — Prosecutors on Thursday morning said they will seek the death penalty against Patrick Crusius who was indicted for the mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart on August 3.

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The following is a press release:

EL PASO, TX –On Thursday, September 12, 2019, an El Paso County Grand Jury indicted Patrick Crusius for Capital Murder in relation to the shooting deaths of twenty-two individuals at the Cielo Vista Walmart on August 3, 2019.

Capital Murder is the highest charge in the State of Texas and is punishable by death or life imprisonment without parole if found guilty. District Attorney Jaime Esparza will seek the death penalty.

The District Attorney’s Office will continue to work hard to ensure that justice is done and is committed to assisting the victims through the judicial process.

In this Aug. 12, 2019 photo, mourners visit the makeshift memorial near the Walmart in El Paso, Texas, where 22 people were killed in a mass shooting that police are investigating as a terrorist attack targeting Latinos. The flags show the nationalities of those killed in the attack, including a German man who lived in nearby Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. On Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, Walmart said it plans to reopen the El Paso store where 22 people were killed in a mass shooting, but the entire interior of the building will first be rebuilt. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

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