David DePape, who stands accused of violently assaulting Paul Pelosi, husband of outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), in the couple’s San Francisco home in October, was in court for a hearing on Wednesday.
It was during that Wednesday hearing that DePape reportedly pleaded not guilty to all of the criminal charges filed against him by the state of California, according to the Daily Wire.
That assault on Paul Pelosi, who reportedly suffered a skull fracture and injuries to his hand and arm after being struck by a hammer, was part of an alleged larger plot by DePape to kidnap and torture or kill Speaker Pelosi.
The plea is not guilty
Fox News reported that DePape, during that Wednesday hearing in a San Francisco courtroom, entered a plea of not guilty to the state-level charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and elder abuse.
He had previously pleaded not guilty to other state and federal charges related to his alleged plot to kidnap Speaker Pelosi.
In addition to the not guilty plea on Wednesday, DePape also reportedly waived his right to a speedy trial, and is now scheduled to next appear in court for another pretrial hearing on Feb. 23.
Dueling attorney statements
ABC News reported that DePape continues to be held without bail in a local jail following his initial not-guilty pleas during an arraignment hearing in November.
Following Wednesday’s hearing, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said in a statement, “Mr. DePape will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and held accountable for his heinous crimes.”
Adam Lipson, DePape’s assigned public defender, was pressed for comment by reporters outside of the courtroom after the hearing concluded, but he refused to respond directly to any of their queries and simply said that his client “is going to be fighting this case in court, not the hallway.”
What is known of the Pelosi attack
According to ABC News, DePape is alleged to have forcibly entered the Pelosi home in San Francisco in the early morning hours of Oct. 28, ostensibly in search of Speaker Pelosi, who he purportedly intended to kidnap and torture.
Given that the speaker was not at her San Francisco home at that time, DePape is alleged to have focused his attention on her husband, Paul, who managed to call the police to report the home intrusion.
When the police arrived, they reportedly found DePape and Pelosi struggling for control of the hammer that, per bodycame footage recently shown in court, was then used to strike and severely injure Pelosi.
Alleged list of targets for kidnapping
As for the alleged plot to kidnap and torture Pelosi, Fox News reported that, according to DePape’s purported confession to police following his arrest, that action was intended to address the “evil” in Washington D.C. and send a message to other elected politicians.
DePape was said to have also been in possession of a list of other potential targets for kidnapping or worse that included California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, and even liberal actor Tom Hanks, among others.