EL PASO, Texas (AP) – The man accused of killing 22 people and injuring another two dozen at a Walmart in Texas is expected to be charged again on Thursday as he is charged with murder in the mass shootings again to Mexicans, prosecutors said.
Patrick Crusius of Allen, Texas, is currently released under Texas state law for the murder of several individuals. The 21-year-old has also been charged with several federal hate crimes related to the shooting, according to a 90-count charge revealed in February.
Prosecutor Jaime Esparza said the latest assassination attempt will explain 36-year-old Guillermo “Memo” Garcia, who died nine months after the August 3 massacre in the Texas border in El Paso, believed to be one of the deadliest attacks on Latinos in Recent American History. Esparza said Crusius will also have more counts regarding the dozens injured in the shooting. The new charges will be added to the charges before the grand jury term ends on June 30, Esparza said.
“We are reconsidering the defendant to record the extra death and record all the injured in the Walmart shooting to give the next prosecutor all their options,” added Esparza. “We just want to cover all our bases.”
The imminent redemption comes more than 10 months after the mass shooting in the majority of Latino and Spanish city prosecutors was fueled by militant racism, according to federal prosecutors. They have said that Crusius carried out the attack to frighten Latinos into leaving the US, a plot they allegedly set out in a racist screed published online before the attack.
More than 20 people survived the shooting and were injured. Some had surgery and one remains in the hospital. Hundreds of others have suffered psychological trauma from being present or from a loved one being injured, according to local officials.
Esparza, who will retire after 28 years in office, said he hopes that the extra charges will help continue the case and eventually lead to justice if the DA succeeds him and decide to continue the lawsuit against Crusius.
Voters elect a new DA during a second round on July 14. It is one of many factors that will help answer some legal and financial questions, including the trial start date and location.
The Department of Justice will prosecute in parallel with Texas officials. Crusius is already facing the death penalty for a state capital murder charge, which he pleaded not guilty last year.
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