Justice Department Issues Statement About The Death Penalty For El Paso Walmart Shooter

Officials with the Justice Department have announced that they will not be seeking the death penalty against the person who stands accused of murdering dozens of people in what seems to be a racially motivated assault that took place in an El Paso, Texas, area Walmart in 2019.

This past Tuesday, federal prosecutors publically spoke about their position as part of a brief court filing in the case targeting the Texas native.

The alleged gunman wound up surrendering to law enforcement officers roughly one mile away from the scene of the incident at which 23 people had been fatally shot and over another two dozen others were injured in August 2019. Allegedly, he confessed to being “the shooter,” as read in an arrest affidavit from police officials.

In the same vein, the perpetrator also allegedly explained to police officials that he had planned the horrid attack and made his way down from Allen, a suburb situated around Dallas, down to the border town of El Paso in order to attack “Mexicans.” The authorities thought that he posted online a large manifesto that highlighted his anti-immigrant and white nationalist sentiments, issuing wholesale condemnation against the “Hispanic invasion” of the state, to go along with a number of other issues.

As of writing, the shooter is looking down the barrel of multiple dozens of federal firearm and hate crime charges. Officially, the man entered a plea of not guilty to a large number of federal charges back in 2020 and is now looking at a sentence of life in prison for the case. His large federal trial is slated to first see a judge in January 2024, following a number of delays throughout the court system that has been caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The timing matters. When one federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment back during the summer of 2020, the Justice Department claimed that the attorney general is expected to decide whether or not to seek the death penalty “at a later time.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland recently placed a pause on all executions at the federal level back in the summer of 2021 while waiting on an in-depth review of the Justice Department’s policies and procedures after starting to put inmates to death once again for the first time in over 17 years. President Joe Biden had made it a promise in his campaign to work toward putting a wholesale stop to all capital punishment at the federal level.

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