A federal judge on Thursday asked prosecutors to quickly decide whether to seek the death penalty for the white supremacist who allegedly shot and killed 10 black people at a Buffalo supermarket last month. Had given
Magistrate Judge Kenneth Schroeder made the request during a brief hearing in U.S. District Court, where Patton Gandron, 18, was named a public defender, saying he had only 16 16 in his bank account.
Gandron, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, handcuffs and a black mask, kept his head down when Schroeder read out the charges against him, and the judge’s routine questions to determine his eligibility for a taxpayer-funded lawyer. He gave the answers.
The accused shooter told Schroeder that he had not been employed for over a year and had no assets – more than two shares of Disney stock and a drastic change in his bank account.
Schroeder urged the prosecution to reach an early decision on the death penalty, noting the “substantial” cost of defending such cases, which usually requires expert testimony from psychologists and medical examiners. Is required.
“It’s been almost a month now. I hope the Justice Department will take steps that will make a reasonable decision on this matter,” Schroeder said. According to ABC News.
Federal Prosecutor Joseph Trappy said he could not make a decision on the death penalty until the charges against Gandron had been returned, and that this would be “the only decision” of Attorney General Merck Garland.
Garland, who met with relatives of the victims on Wednesday, has not yet ruled out the death penalty.
On May 14, Gandron reportedly flew more than 200 miles from his home in Conclinn, New York, to a large-scale hate shooting at the Tops Friendly Supermarket in a black part of Buffalo.
Prosecutors say the college dropout allegedly described his plans in a sick diary, stating that the attack was necessary to prevent blacks from becoming white.
Immediately after the incident, in which three people were injured, Gandron was indicted in a state court on charges of domestic extremism and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.
He now faces multiple charges of federal hate crimes, for which he deserves the death penalty.
He pleaded not guilty in state court. His lawyer declined to comment in the case.
Post with wires