New York Post

W’mart slaughter guilt plea

- MaryAnn Martinez

The man accused of targeting Hispanics when he allegedly killed 23 people at a Texas Walmart plans to plead guilty to federal hatecrime charges, court papers reveal.

Lawyers representi­ng Patrick Crusius informed the feds over the weekend of his intent to change his plea to guilty in a court filing obtained by El Paso Matters.

The motion was filed days after federal prosecutor­s announced they would not seek the death penalty for Crusius. The 24-yearold allegedly drove 10 hours from the Dallas suburb of Allen to El Paso to hunt Hispanics in the 2019 massacre.

He told investigat­ors he cased the busy super-center store near the US-Mexico border to make sure it was filled with Hispanics. Surveillan­ce video showed him entering the store with an AK-47, murdering 23 shoppers, Aug. 3, 2019.

The case against the suspect includes a hate-filled manifesto he allegedly posted online before the attack. The then-21-year-old complained of a “Hispanic invasion of Texas,” writing that he was “simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacemen­t brought on by an invasion,” prosecutor­s claim.

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