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Attorneys for El Paso Walmart shooting suspect entered a not guilty plea in response to federal charges

Wednesday, Patrick Crusius walked inside an El Paso federal courtroom for the first time after being indicted last week on hate crimes and firearm charges in connection with the August 3 massacre. He appeared before US Magistrate Judge Miguel Torres wearing a suit, handcuffed and in shackles and remained silent as several people who survived the shooting sat in the courtroom, CNN affiliate KFOX reported.Later Wednesday, Crusius' attorneys filed a written not guilty plea to all charges and waived his right to a detention hearing, meaning he will remain in custody without bond. Speaking to reporters outside the federal court, Crusius' attorney David Lane said, "All I can say is we are starting this process and our job is to protect your constitutional rights as well that of the accused.""We are going to do everything in our power to preserve protect and defend the constitution of the United States of America," he added, KFOX reported.CNN has reached out to Crusius' attorneys for comment.The alleged shooter is facing hate crimes resulting in death, hate crimes involving an attempt to kill, use of a firearm to commit murder and in relation to a crime of violence, and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, according to his indictment.The charges relate to the 22 people who were killed in the mass shooting as welRead More – Source

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