David Depape is shown in Berkeley, Calif.,on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. An intruder attacked and severely beat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband with a hammer in the couple’s San Francisco home early Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, while searching for the Democratic leader. Police were called to the home to check on Paul Pelosi when they discovered the 82-year-old and the suspect, Depape, both grabbing onto the hammer, said Police Chief William Scott.
Michael Short | San Francisco Chronicle | AP
David DePape, the man accused of breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s residence and violently assaulting her husband with a hammer, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in his first court appearance, according to NBC news.
DePape’s arraignment in San Francisco Superior Court came as Paul Pelosi, the 82-year-old spouse of the top-ranking House Democrat, remained hospitalized after the alleged attack early Friday morning.
The 42-year-old suspect was booked in San Francisco county jail on numerous state charges, including attempted murder, after being discharged from the hospital.
The Department of Justice has also charged DePape with two federal crimes: attempted kidnapping of a federal official and assaulting an immediate family member of a United States official with the intent to retaliate against the official, according to his criminal complaint.
DePape, whose arm was in a sling in court, had a dislocated shoulder, public defender Adam Lipson told reporters after the brief court hearing Tuesday afternoon.
DePape is currently being held without bail, Lipson said, adding that another hearing is set for Friday.
The attorney also gave his best wishes to Paul Pelosi, who is recovering after undergoing surgery to repair a skull fracture.
Lipson declined to offer specifics about his defense strategy, but noted that there has “been a lot of speculation regarding Mr. DePape’s vulnerability to misinformation, and that’s certainly something that we’re going to look into.”
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