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Santa Fe Accused Shooter Faces 11 Federal Charges, Attorney Says

Federal agents took Dimitrios Pagourtzis into custody on Monday. An announcement of the new venue for his trial is also pending.


Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the suspected shooter of the May 2018 Santa Fe High School mass shooting, is facing 11 federal charges after federal agents took him into custody on Monday.

Pagourtzis, 18, is accused of killing 10 people and wounding 13 others at the Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018. He already faces state charges of capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant.

Pagourtzis’ defense attorney Nicholas Poehl said federal prosecutors have filed 11 charges against his client. Poehl said he doesn’t know specifically what federal charges were filed because that case is sealed. Federal law prohibits public hearings for juveniles. Pagourtzis was 17 when the shooting occurred.

In March, federal prosecutors had said they wouldn't pursue charges against the teenager at that time.

An announcement of the new venue for Pagourtzis’ trial in Texas is also pending. District Court Judge John Ellisor decided in February the trial will be moved out of Galveston County. He is scheduled to announce the new venue in May.

If convicted in state court, Pagourtzis would qualify for a life sentence. But under Texas law he could be eligible for parole after 40 years, because he was a minor at the time of the shooting.