Crusius was indicted on one count of capital murder of multiple individuals. According to the indictment, which was filed Thursday and released this week, he “intentionally or knowingly” shot all of the people slain that day. The indictment then names each victim of the attack.
Jaime Esparza, the El Paso County district attorney, announced the indictment Thursday, but authorities said it would be made available only after it was filed with the district clerk’s office and then the case assigned to a specific court.
Court officials said the document was available late Tuesday night. They also said that the prosecution and defense teams were present when the case was assigned to a court.
Esparza previously said he planned to seek the death penalty in the case, highlighting the loss of life and the shooting’s effect on the El Paso community, something his office reiterated after Crusius was indicted.
“The District Attorney’s Office will continue to work hard to ensure that justice is done and is committed to assisting the victims through the judicial process,” his office said in a statement about the indictment.
Crusius is also expected to face federal charges in the case. Federal officials said a day after the shooting that they were investigating it as domestic terrorism and weighing hate-crimes charges.
John F. Bash, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, pledged that authorities would “deliver swift and certain justice” in the case.
Investigators say Crusius wrote a statement posted online before the massacre vilifying immigrants and complaining of a “Hispanic invasion.” Police said he cooperated and answered questions after being taken into custody but did not express any remorse.
An attorney for Crusius did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
Crusius’s family has decried what it called “the destruction Patrick did” and distanced itself from the sentiments expressed in that rambling online statement.
Moore reported from El Paso.