The man accused of attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer was charged on Tuesday.
He pleaded not guilty to a litany of state charges including attempted murder and kidnapping.
A filing from the prosecutor’s office also contained grim new details about how the attack played out.
The husband of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Paul Pelosi, lay unconscious in a pool of his own blood for three minutes after an attacker hit him in the head with a hammer during a full-force burglary last week.
According to new information from San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins, the suspect hit Pelosi with the hammer in front of police officers after Pelosi failed to take the hammer away from him.
The suspect, David DePape, pleaded not guilty to several state charges, including attempted murder and attempted kidnapping, at an indictment Tuesday, and he also faces two felony charges from the US Department of Justice.
“What is clear is that this case is prone to misinformation,” Jenkins said in the San Francisco Superior Court. “This wasn’t an accidental act of violence and this wasn’t an accidental home burglary – he wanted to come and harm the Speaker of the House of the United States.”
On Tuesday, the San Francisco Attorney’s Office ordered Judge Diane Northway to hold DePape pending future hearings.
Northway also signed a protective order barring DePape from coming within 500 feet of Nancy or Paul Pelosi or from contacting them.
In a court filing, prosecutors offered new insight into the incident, which occurred in the early hours of October 28. Prosecutors described the dramatic scene police witnessed as they opened Pelosi’s door.
Prosecutors wrote in the court filing that after police reached the residence, Pelosi took the attacker to the first floor of his home and was able to open the door for them. The two fought over the gavel in front of officers at the door before the suspect struck him down, the filing said.
“One officer ordered: ‘Drop the hammer!’” the file reads. “But Mr. Pelosi couldn’t hold the gavel down. A second later, the defendant snatched the gavel away from Mr. Pelosi, immediately stepped back and lunged at Mr. Pelosi, hitting Mr. Pelosi on the head with full force of the gavel knocking Mr. Pelosi unconscious.”
The filing added that Pelosi briefly passed out and began bleeding from his head before medical help arrived.
“The officers stormed into the house, grabbed the accused and disarmed him,” the prosecutor wrote. “Mr Pelosi remained unresponsive for about three minutes and woke up in a pool of his own blood.”
Paul Pelosi underwent surgery at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital to repair “a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands,” Spokesman Pelosi’s office said in a statement last week.
If convicted by the state of attempted kidnapping, DePape could serve up to 20 years in prison and life in prison if convicted on all state charges.
His public defender has denied all allegations against him.
Authorities allege that DePape broke into Pelosi’s San Francisco home last week and was looking for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was in Washington, DC at the time of the attack. Prosecutors added that DePape opened up to police after he was arrested without questioning.
“The defendant told officers and medics at the scene, ‘I’m sick of the insane amount of lies coming out of Washington, DC, I came down here to have a little chat with his wife,’” reads the in the file. “The defendant added, ‘I didn’t really mean to hurt him, but you know this was a suicide squad. I will not stand here and do nothing, even if it costs me my life. Hurting him wasn’t my goal. I told him before I attacked him that he was escalating things and I would go through him if I had to.’”
DePape also previously held conspiratorial views, believing that COVID-19 was a plan hatched by the global elite after following QAnon and spreading 2020 election lies.
In the Tuesday Press conference made Jenkins clear that she would urge him to remain in detention pending trial, calling him “dangerous.”
“I think he’s dangerous,” Jenkins said at the press conference. “This is not representative of the state or safety of San Francisco, rather it is representative of the state of politics in the United States.”
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https://news.yahoo.com/paul-pelosi-unconscious-pool-own-015505520.html Paul Pelosi was unconscious in a pool of his own blood for three minutes after the hammer attack