The man accused of killing 23 people and wounding nearly two dozen others in a mass shooting at a Texas Walmart in 2019 intended to plead guilty to federal charges, according to court filings.
A few days after the US government pointed out will not seek the death penaltyPatrick Crusius’s attorneys filed a motion to reschedule, suggesting he would change his previous plea.
“The defendant notified the Court of intent to plead guilty to the pending indictment,” the petition reads, and court records show the petition was approved.
Crusius, who will return to court on February 8, is indicted on 90 federal charges, including hate crimes and the use of firearms to kill people. The shooting took place in El Paso on August 3, 2019, marking one of the most dangerous attack on Latinos in modern American history.
Crusius previously pleaded not guilty to murder in the state capital. The district attorney’s office in that case filed a notice saying it would seek the death penalty.