The 21-year-old Texan accused of killing 22 people in the El Paso Walmart massacre pleaded not guilty Thursday, Oct. 10, during his initial court appearance, according to Elpasotimes.com.
Police have said Patrick Crusius of Dallas admitted to targeting Mexicans in the Aug. 3 mass shooting.
Prosecutors in El Paso have said they will seek the death penalty.
The Department of Justice treated the shooting as a “domestic terrorist case” and feds are weighing capital murder and hate crime charges.
Prosecutors allege that Crusius drove 11 hours from home in Allen, near Dallas, to El Paso and used an AK-style assault rifle in the attack that left another 26 injured.
He surrendered to police in less than an hour after the bloodbath, saying, “I’m the shooter,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Prosecutors on Sept. 27 shared evidence with the defense, including police and FBI interviews of Crusius, school records, his cellphone data, and tens of hours of Walmart security camera footage from the time of the shooting.
It also includes the FBI’s “manifesto analysis” of the racist screed authorities said Crusius posted online minutes before the attack, saying the shooting was “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”
The suspect is being held without bond at the El Paso jail, where he’s been on suicide watch after his arrest and is separated from other prisoners.
Crusius is due back in court on Nov. 7.