Walmart shooting suspect charged with federal hate crimes

In this Oct. 10, 2019 file photo, El Paso Walmart shooting suspect Patrick Crusius pleads not guilty during his arraignment in El Paso, Texas. The government has filed hate crime charges against Crusius, who said he was targeting Mexicans and shot to death 22 people at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, last summer, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. (Briana Sanchez / El Paso Times via AP, Pool, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The 21-year-old man accused of killing 22 people and wounding two dozen more in a shooting that targeted Mexicans in the border city of El Paso, Texas, has been charged with federal hate crimes.

An indictment unsealed Thursday charges Patrick Crusius with 90 counts under federal hate crime and firearms laws.

A lawyer for Crusius says he hopes federal prosecutors don’t seek his client’s execution.

Crusius is already facing a potential death sentence in a state capital murder case.

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