WASHINGTON (AP) — The man accused of killing 22 people and wounding two dozen more in a shooting in El Paso, Texas, has been charged with federal hate crimes.
An indictment unsealed Thursday charged Patrick Crusius with 90 counts under federal hate crime and firearms laws. Federal prosecutors announced the charges Thursday afternoon in a conference in El Paso, Texas.
The federal grand jury that indicted Crusius found his alleged crimes came “after substantial planning and premeditation. The Department of Justice will consult with the defense and victims’ families before deciding if they will pursue a death penalty. Ultimately, the decision is up to Attorney General William Barr.
The shooting happened back in August 2019. Eight Mexican nationals were among the victims of the attack at a Walmart store popular with shoppers in nearby Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, just on the other side of the Rio Grande from El Paso.
(This story was originally published on Feb. 6, 2020)