A Texas man accused of intentionally concentrating on folks of Mexican heritage in a taking pictures rampage that killed 22 folks at an El Paso Walmart retailer final yr has been indicted on 90 counts of federal hate crimes, in accordance with a court docket doc filed on Thursday.
The federal grand jury indictment fees Patrick Crusius, 21, with 22 counts of hate crimes leading to demise, 23 hate crimes involving an try to kill and 45 counts of discharging a firearm in relation to the hate crimes
Crusius was charged in state court docket final yr for the taking pictures and has pleaded not responsible. He faces the demise penalty if convicted.
Crusius would now face a separate trial in federal court docket, John Bash, the U.S. legal professional for the western district of Texas, informed reporters after the grand jury indictment.
“All of us share similar aim right here — to realize justice for the households of the victims,” Bash mentioned.
Bash mentioned the El Paso taking pictures was an act of home terrorism and an assault towards a whole ethnic group.
“We’re firing on all cylinders to cease this. We’ll cease hate crimes,” he mentioned.
He’s accused of driving 11 hours to El Paso from his hometown of Allen, close to Dallas, on Aug. three final yr and firing at buyers with an AK-47 rifle contained in the Walmart retailer. He surrendered to officers who confronted him exterior.
Crusius confessed whereas surrendering and informed police he was concentrating on Mexicans, in accordance with an El Paso police affidavit launched days after the taking pictures. Most of these killed…