Prosecutor Seeks Death Penalty For El Paso Gunman

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The anti-immigrant gunman who allegedly killed 22 people and wounded 25 more at an El Paso Walmart last month was indicted on capital murder charges by a local grand jury, reports the Wall Street Journal. El Paso County District Attorney Jaime Esparza said he will seek the death penalty against 21-year-old Patrick Crusius. He is being held without bond in the county jail. Crusius allegedly drove from his home in the Dallas area to attack people who were shopping at a Walmart in the largely Hispanic city of El Paso on Aug 3.

Crusius posted online a desire to kill as many Hispanic people as possible, claiming they were culturally replacing native-born Americans and taking away job opportunities. Mark Stevens, the attorney representing Crusius, would not comment because he had not seen the indictment. Crusius’ relatives, who have denounced his actions, said, “The tragedy weighs heavily on our hearts and minds each and every day.”

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