Patrick Crusius was indicted last month for capital carnage and will face death penalty if imprisoned, said district attorney
The Texas man accused of deliberately targeting Mexicans in a shooting spree that resulted in killing 22 people at an El Paso Walmart store in the worst attack on Latinos in recent US history pleaded not guilty on Thursday in his first law appearance.
Patrick Crusius, 21, was indicted last-place month for capital assassination and will face the death penalty if he is convicted, the El Paso county district attorney, Jaime Esparza, said.
Another 26 parties were wounded during the shooting.
Crusius strolled into the courtroom trailing his two solicitors. Dressed in a fleet sport jacket, white shirt and gray-headed slacks, he revealed no emotion and only spoke twice, refuting” yes, your honor” to Judge Sam Medrano when asked if his specify was correct on the summon, and “not guilty” when asked for his plea. He was in and out of the courtroom in about three minutes.
Security had been beefed up in and around the courthouse. Sheriff’s agents set up metal detectors and x-ray machines to screen everyone participating the building. The courtroom sitting 100 was packed.
The Texas killings were followed really 13 hours later by a mass photographing in Dayton, Ohio, where a gunman wearing body armor and a mask killed nine parties and wounded 27 others before he was shot dead by police.
The back-to-back exterminations sparked a political outcry, with the El Paso native and Democratic party presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke demanding the mandatory confiscation of the assault-style rifles often used in mass shootings.
The El Paso shooting motivated potent Texas Republican including the governor, Greg Abbott, and the lieutenant minister, Dan Patrick, to retreat reasonably on their stem defense of gun rights.
Both hovered the relevant recommendations of requiring universal background checks on parties seeking to buy handguns and talked about ” red flag” regulations that would allow people to petition a court to have an individual’s artilleries taken away. Even so , no concrete legislative action has yet taken place in Texas.
Crusius is accused of driving 11 hours to El Paso from his hometown of Allen, near Dallas, on 3 August and firing at shoppers with an AK-4 7 rifle inside a Walmart store. He surrendered to officers who confronted him outside.
Crusius acknowledged while surrender and told police he was targeting Mexicans, according to an El Paso police statement secreted days after the shooting. Most of those killed were Latinos.
A four-page testimony believed to have been written by the accused and posted on 8chan, an online letter board often used by activists, called the Walmart attack” a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas “.