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Paul Pelosi Attack: Suspect David DePapp pleads not guilty to state charges

Paul Pelosi Attack: Suspect David DePapp pleads not guilty to state charges

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The man accused of attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband on Wednesday entered a second not guilty plea and waived his right to a speedy trial.

David DePape, who has been charged with multiple felonies including assault and attempted murder, made a statement in San Francisco Superior Court.

Appearing before Judge Teresa Cafese, Depapp spoke only one word in court, answering “yes” when asked if he was waiving his right to a speedy trial. He is due back in San Francisco Superior Court in February, when a trial date is expected to be set.

In California, it is common for a second felony charge to be filed after a preliminary hearing, where the defendant must plead guilty to all charges. DePape had pleaded not guilty during an initial appearance in early November shortly after his arrest.

DePape, who also has pleaded not guilty to a list of federal charges, had broke into Pelosis’ home in October and attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer, according to court documents.

He told federal investigators he was looking for Nancy Pelosi and said he planned to kidnap the House speaker and break her “kneecaps” if she lied, according to the affidavit. CNN has previously reported DePaipe shouted, “Where’s Nancy?” as he entered the home.

Depapp told officers and medics at the scene that he was fed up with the “level of lies” coming from Washington and “came here to talk to his wife a little bit,” according to court documents. “I really didn’t mean to hurt him, but you know it was a suicide mission. I will not stand here and do nothing, even if it costs me my life.”

After the attack, Paul Pelosi had surgery “to repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands,” Drew Hamill, a spokesman for the spokesman, said in a statement at the time.

DePape had also planned to take aim President Joe BidenHunter’s son, California Governor Gavin Newsom and actor Tom Hanks, a San Francisco police officer testified this month.

DePape “will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and held accountable for his heinous crimes,” San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said in a statement after Wednesday’s arraignment.

Public Defender Adam Lipson declined to comment after Wednesday’s expedited procedural hearing. One of the Pelosi’s daughters, Christine Pelosi, attended the hearing.

This story has been updated with additional information and reaction.


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