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EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A man accused of killing nearly 20 people in a racist attack at a Walmart in El Paso, according to court records filed days after the federal government said it would indict. and plans to plead guilty to federal indictments in this case. In this case he should not seek the death penalty.
Patrick Crusius could still face the death penalty in state court if convicted in the 2019 shooting that killed 23 people.
In a court filing on Saturday, defense attorneys asked for a trial to be set so Crusius can plead guilty to federal charges. He was indicted for federal hate crimes and firearms violations.
U.S. District Judge David Guaderrama set Monday’s order for a Feb. 8 hearing in El Paso.
According to the arrest warrant, Crusius surrendered to police after the attack, saying “I am the shooter” and said he was targeting a Mexican. said to have published the