New judge assigned to case of alleged Walmart shooter

This undated file image provided by the FBI shows Patrick Crusius, whom authorities have identified as the gunman who killed multiple people at an El Paso, Texas, shopping area. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (FBI via AP, File)

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) ⁠— A new judge will preside over the case of the deadly mass shooting in August at an El Paso Walmart.

Patrick Crusius’ capital murder trial will now take place before Judge Sam Medrano in the 409th District Court, according to court records and the El Paso County Council of Judges.

The case was originally assigned to Judge Angie Juarez Barrill of the 346th District Court, but she asked that the case be reassigned because she knew one of the victims and she is currently running for another position. Barril said she felt “a case of this magnitude should begin with a judge who can be reasonably sure to see it through to its conclusion.”

Medrano presided over the Daniel Villegas hearings and re-trial. Medranos recommendation set Villegas free after years behind bars for a murder that a jury later acquitted him of nearly 20 years later.

Crusius is accused of killing 22 and injuring 25 others during a mass shooting on Aug. 3 at the Walmart near Cielo Vista Mall. Police said he confessed to targeting “Mexicans” during the shooting.

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