EL PASO, Texas (HPD) — The man accused of killing about 20 people in a racist attack at an El Paso Walmart plans to plead guilty to federal charges in the case, according to documents filed days after the federal government said it would not seek the death penalty.
Patrick Crusius also faces charges in state court and could face the death penalty in Texas if convicted of the August 3, 2019 deaths of 23 people.
In a document filed Saturday, defense attorneys called for a hearing in which Crusius would plead guilty to federal charges of racial hate crimes and illegal possession of weapons.
Federal Judge David Guaderrama ordered Monday that the hearing be held on February 8 in El Paso.
Crusius turned himself in to police after the attack, saying “I’m the one who shot” and that he was looking to shoot Mexicans, according to an arrest warrant. Prosecutors say he posted a writing online shortly before the shooting in which he denounced the “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”