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Published on February 23, 2024
Trial of El Paso Walmart Shooter Stalled with No Set Date Despite DA's Push for JusticeSource: Unsplash/ Wesley Tingey

Justice delayed may as well be justice denied for the victims and their families as the El Paso Walmart shooter's state trial sees yet another day without a set trial date. As reported by FOX San Antonio, Thursday's status hearing, conducted before Judge Sam Medrano, became the third such gathering that failed to advance the proceedings as tensions between the prosecution and defense simmer.

Marking nearly four and a half years since the tragic shooting that shook El Paso, the court has yet to nail down a date for Patrick Crusius' trial. Despite the defense's accusations, El Paso District Attorney Bill Hicks insists his office is not playing games with paperwork to cause delays. As he told FOX San Antonio, "We've been reminded of the gag order so the only thing we really want to say is we made our statements, we stand by what we said in the courtroom, and other than that we don't have anything else to say."

Complicating matters further is the enormous volume of evidence. The defense's expert testified that organizing this information could take half a year alone, with an undetermined amount of additional time required for review. The state rebuffed, asserting they've handed over all evidence pertinent to the federal case and are committed to bringing the case to trial, as rpeorted by FOX San Antonio.

It seems that a resolution, and indeed the trial itself, will continue to hang in the balance, as Hicks pushes for a trial while defense counsel Spencer doubts a trial date this year is possible. As for the victims and the El Paso community, the prolonged wait weaves another stitch into their prolonged tapestry of sorrow, as the case trudges on with no end in sight, the El Paso Times noted.