- According to NBC News, David Deppe pleaded not guilty in his first court appearance after being arrested and charged with assaulting the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
- Depep is accused of breaking into the couple’s San Francisco residence and attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer.
- Deppe’s indictment came in San Francisco Superior Court due to Paul Pelosi’s hospitalization.
David Deppe, accused of breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s residence and attacking her husband with a hammer, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges including attempted murder, according to NBC News.
Deppe’s indictment in San Francisco Superior Court came as Paul Pelosi, the 82-year-old husband of a top-ranking House Democrat, remained hospitalized after an alleged assault on Friday morning.
The 42-year-old suspect was incarcerated at the San Francisco County Jail on several state charges including murder, theft, assault and false imprisonment after being discharged from the hospital.
The Justice Department also charged DePape with two federal crimes, one of attempted kidnapping of a federal officer and the intent to retaliate against the officer with intent to attack a United States officer’s immediate family member, According to his criminal complaint.
As NBC reports, Deppe was without a beard and had long hair when he appeared in court for the first time. He wore an orange jump suit, and his arm was in a sling due to a dislocated shoulder, his public defender Adam Lipson told reporters after a brief hearing on Tuesday afternoon.
DePape is currently being held without bail, Lipson said, with another hearing scheduled for Friday.
DePap told police he was on a “suicide mission” and had plans to target other California and federal politicians, according to Tuesday’s court filing where prosecutors called for DePap as part of their bid to put him behind bars. detailed the attack in detail.
DePape reportedly said he had other targets, including a local professor, as well as several prominent state and federal politicians and members of their families.
The filing also said that Paul Pelosi was knocked unconscious by the hammer attack and woke up in a pool of his own blood.
Dressed in orange gel clothes, DePap spoke only to tell Judge Diane Northway how to pronounce her last name (dih-PAP). The 42-year-old defendant is due to return to court on Friday.
After the hearing, Lipson said he looked forward to providing a “vigorous defense” to DePape. He also said that he met Deppe for the first time on Monday night and had not yet seen the police report.
The lawyer also extended best wishes to Paul Pelosi, who is recovering after surgery to repair a skull fracture.
Lipson declined to give specifics about his defense strategy, but noted that “there has been a lot of speculation about Mr. Going to pay attention.”
The San Francisco district attorney said Monday that the attack on the Pelosi residence appears to be “politically motivated.”
According to a federal affidavit, Paul Pelosi told a police officer after the attack that Deppe woke him up in his bedroom on Friday morning and said he wanted to talk to “Nancy.”
Nancy Pelosi was in Washington DC at the time. Officials said Paul Pelosi managed to call 9-1-1, and when officers arrived, Depep struck him with a hammer.
The affidavit said Deppe himself later told police that he saw the Speaker of the House as the “leader of the pack” of lies told by the Democratic Party. He said he wanted to hold her hostage and talk to her, and that he would break her knee if she lied, the document said.
According to the affidavit, Deppe had arrived at his San Francisco home with a zip tie, tape, rope and at least one hammer.
– The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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