This is your Friday update, which takes a quick look at the week ahead and some developments that El Paso Matters is following.
Walmart Prosecutor Resigns: Curtis Cox, the El Paso assistant district attorney who was the lead prosecutor in the Walmart shooting case, has withdrawn himself from the case, according to a letter he sent to the 409th District Court judge on Thursday. The letter, published by Channel 9-KTSM, does not give a reason but says the change is in effect immediately. District Attorney Yvonne Rosales, through her office spokesperson, said her office could not comment due to the gag order imposed by the 409th judge, who is presiding over the case. Cox joins the list of prosecutors who were overseeing the Walmart case but have since resigned, including John Briggs, Monica Barron Auger, Adaeze Ada Nwaneri and Habon Mohamed. Cox’s resignation comes two days after County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal said she would prosecute the civil case to remove Rosales from office.
More West Niles Cases Reported: Three more West Nile virus cases have been reported among El Paso County residents, the public health department announced Friday. That brings this year’s total severe cases to 10, in addition to two deaths from the virus. “The public should continue to diminish exposure, if possible, as well as take measures to protect themselves” when outdoors, City-County Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza said in a statement. These measures include using insect repellent that contains Deet; wearing long-sleeved clothing; draining standing water from around the home; and taking extra precaution during dawn and dusk, which are peak mosquito times. Symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, nausea, vomiting and swollen lymph glands.
Fall Back in Time: Daylight saving time, the time-honored tradition of moving clocks forward in the spring to allow for longer days with sunlight, ends on Sunday as clocks throughout the country will be pushed back an hour at 2 a.m. Various attempts by Congress to keep the country on daylight saving time have failed, including a 2022 bill which was passed by the U.S. Senate in March but failed in the U.S. House.