Federal Trial for suspect in Aug. 3 Walmart shooting may be held in 2023


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Federal prosecutors are unsure if the United States Department of Justice will pursue the death penalty for Patrick Crusius, the accused shooter in the Aug. 3 attack at an East El Paso Walmart.

Federal Judge David Guaderrama says the public deserves to know when and what to expect in the trial and pushed for a set date to begin the trial process during a hearing on Thursday.

He asked federal prosecutors and Crusius’ attorneys if they’d object to beginning the process on March 6, 2023.

Federal prosecutors and defense attorney Joe Spencer signaled the large team representing Crusius may not have an issue with the date. They are expected to have a clear answer for the court within the next 30 days.

Spencer also made clear his team and the federal government have already begun mitigation discussions.

It is still unclear when a trial will be held at the state level.

For their part the El Paso District Attorney’s Office and District Attorney Yvonne Rosales released the following statement.

My office has been ready for the Patrick Crusius Capital Murder Trial, and we will continue to be ready
for the day that the County officials are able to safely assemble a jury pool large enough during this
Covid-19 pandemic.

District Attorney Yvonne Rosales

Just over two years ago, Crusius, the alleged shooter at a Walmart on Aug. 3, 2019, shot and killed over 20 individuals. And, injured just as many, presumably with an AK-47 style rifle.

The attack took the lives of 23 and injured 23.

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