The DOJ announced on Tuesday that it will not seek the death penalty for a man who, in 2019, killed 23 people in an El Paso Walmart attack.
In January 17th court filing, the federal government said, “The United States of America hereby notifies the Court and Defendant [name removed] that the Government will not seek the death penalty in the instant case.”
According to El Paso Matters, “the Justice Department declined to comment on the reasons for the decision not to seek the death penalty.”
The gunman is accused of slaughtering 23 people and injuring around two dozen more during a Walmart rampage. In a manifesto the shooter posted online, he detailed his hatred for Hispanic people and decrying what he termed a “Hispanic invasion” of Texas.
He then drove from a Dallas suburb to El Paso to commit his mass murder.
Under the leadership of Donald Trump, the DOJ had, for the first time in nearly two decades, resumed putting offenders to death. However, Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland has put a halt to federal death penalties, pending further review. This action is in alignment to Biden’s stance against the death penalty.