Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Says Capital Murder Conviction Likely For El Paso Mass Shooter – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The path to justice for Patrick Crusius is only beginning.

But authorities have already expressed a desire to seek the death penalty.

Local judges and attorneys following the case in El Paso say it shouldn’t be difficult.

With videos recording the crime, security camera images capturing his face and a document laying out his reasons for the massacre, it will be hard for Patrick Crusuis to avoid a capital murder conviction according to prominent criminal defense lawyer David Finn.

“I don’t know if he’s thinking about mental issues I don’t know if he’s gonna use an insanity defense or if he was high on drugs or intoxicated I don’t know but I would think based on what I do know this is as close to a slam dunk capital I’ve seen in quite a while,” says Finn.

The Dallas attorney has represented accused murderers and also served as a prosecutor and judge.

While he’s only an observer of this case, he believes any defense would have to be based on a distorted state of mind.

“I don’t know if they’ve got much to work with. What you gonna do blame President Trump? ‘President Trump made me do this’ I don’t think that’s gonna fly,” says Finn.

Dallas County District Court Judge Brandon Birmingham, who also has no connection to the case, has posted a blog about the potential charges and judgment.

He says Crusius could face both state and federal charges.

Patrick Crusius mugshot

“One of them is going to go first the feds and the state will decide who’s going to go first, after that happens, let’s say that the state goes first and they complete their prosecution of all of their cases all of their indictments, if there’s going to be any, are completed then after all of that then the feds will take over perhaps it’s going to be the other way around,” says Birmingham.

These legal experts say Crusius could face the death penalty without prosecuting the case as a hate crime.

They also say this could end up being the most murders a single person is prosecuted for in modern Texas history.

Judge Birmingham’s article about the case can be found here.

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The owner of 8chan is being summoned to testify before Congress regarding its link to mass shootings, but no one seems to have his mailing address

8chan (Jim Watkins)

  • On Tuesday, the House Committee on Homeland Security requested that 8chan’s owner, Jim Watkins, testify regarding the message board’s links to multiple mass shootings. 
  • The letter comes in the wake of Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso, Texas where the suspect reportedly posted a manifesto on 8chan minutes prior to the attack. 
  • Still, based off the House’s letter on Tuesday, it looks to be unclear whether Watkins will attend, as the committee didn’t seem to have a valid mailing address for the 8chan owner, who reportedly lives in the Philippines.
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The owner of 8chan, the online message board that’s been repeatedly linked to mass shootings, was summoned to appear before the House Committee on Homeland Security, but even the Representatives who made the request on Tuesday seem wary that he’ll show. 

That’s because little is known about Jim Watkins, 8chan’s owner, including — it appears — his physical mailing address. 

Please provide the Committee with current physical contact information for you or your authorized representative in the United States so that you can receive communication from the Committee,” the House letter read. 

Watkins, a US Army veteran, is said to have relocated his family in 2004 to the Philippines, where he reportedly lives today — raising pigs and running various websites, including an audiobook company and, 8chan. 

Read more: The bizarre life of 8chan owner Jim Watkins, the middle-age veteran who decamped to the Philippines and runs a pig farm

The letter, which included a Reno, Nevada address belonging to a “Laughlin Associates,” was said to be delivered by mail, email, and Twitter. In it, the Committee said it “respectfully requested” Watkins’ presence at the hearing. It was not immediately clear what connection the Laughlin Associates address in Reno has to Watkins.

In its tweet announcing the letter, the House Committee “cc’ed” 8chan’s Twitter handle in an apparent attempt to make contact with the company. Given that 8chan then retweeted the letter, it appears the company is aware its owner had been summoned. 


The request for Watkins to testify comes in the wake of Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso, Texas which left over 20 people dead. The suspected shooter, a 21-year-old male, reportedly posted a manifesto on 8chan minutes prior to the attack, which described anti-immigrant and white supremacy beliefs. 

“Regrettably, this is at least the third act of white supremacist extremist violence linked to your website this year,” the letter read. 

Representatives from 8chan did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment. 

8chan — which was described as as a “cesspool of hate” by the security firm that protected it from cyberattacks, Cloudfare — went offline on Sunday after the security firm terminated its service with the site. The company subsequently tweeted that it may experience some downtime over the following 24-48 hours, but that it would be back online after its technical issues were sorted out. 

As of writing this article, 8chan’s message board remains offline. 

8chan’s founder, Fredrick Brennan — who’s no longer connected to the site and has become an outspoken critic — had words for Watkins in a report this week by the Washington Post. “Do the world a favor and shut it off,” he said. 

SEE ALSO: The ‘cesspool of hate’ message board 8chan was taken offline after being linked to 3 mass shootings this year

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