The man accused of breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home and bludgeoning her husband, Paul Pelosi, with a hammer pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges in court on Wednesday.
David DePape, dressed in a bright orange prison-issued sweater and sweatpants, appeared in a San Francisco court for a brief hearing in which he also waived his right to a speedy trial.
Pelosi suffered serious injuries in the brutal Oct. 28 attack, including a fractured skull, a circular indentation on the right side of his head and deep lacerations to his right arm, prosecutors said.
During a preliminary hearing earlier this month, San Francisco Police Sgt. Carla Hurley testified that DePape claimed he was on a “suicide mission” when he broke into the house, looking first for President Pelosi.
DePape, who is a Canadian national in the United States illegally and worked as a landscape gardener before the attack, also told Hurley in an interview that he planned to attack California Governor Gavin Newsom and the actor. Tom Hanks as part of his twisted revenge. ground.
When Paul told DePape his wife wasn’t home and asked why he was looking for her, the alleged intruder said it was because she was second in line to the presidency.
“He wanted to show Nancy Pelosi…there are consequences to their [politicians’] actions,” Hurley said during the Dec. 14 preliminary hearing.
Nancy was in Washington, DC at the time of the attack. During the preliminary hearing, prosecutors also showed the hammer DePape allegedly used to violently beat Paul.
Paul managed to call 911 and calmly told the dispatcher that a stranger was inside his house.
San Francisco police officer Kyle Cagney testified that when he and another officer arrived at the Pelosis’ home and knocked on the front door around 2:20 a.m., he saw Paul and DePape standing in the doorway.
“They were both grabbing a single hammer. The man on the left, Pelosi, held the head of the hammer for [DePape] had the handle,” Cagney said.
Cagney said he saw DePape raise the hammer and step forward before bringing the gun down on Pelosi’s head “very hard”, causing the 82-year-old to fall to the ground and lose consciousness.
DePape faces multiple federal and state charges, including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and threatening a family member of a public official.
Prosecutors also allege DePape caused serious bodily harm to Paul Pelosi and was armed with a hammer at the time of the alleged attack.
DePape is due back in court Feb. 23 to set a date for a jury trial.
“Mr. DePape will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and held accountable for his heinous crimes,” San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said in a statement after Wednesday’s hearing.