Paul Pelosi attack: Suspect David DePape pleads not guilty to state charges



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The man accused of attacking the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi entered a second not guilty plea to state charges on Wednesday and waived his right to a speedy trial.

David DePape, who is charged with a litany of crimes, including assault and attempted murder, entered the plea in San Francisco Superior Court.

Appearing before Judge Teresa Caffese, DePape said only one word in court, answering “yes” when asked if he was waiving his right to a speedy trial. He is scheduled to return to San Francisco Superior Court in February, when a trial date is expected to be set.

In California, it is customary to file a second felony indictment after a preliminary hearing in which a defendant is required to plead guilty to all charges. DePape had pleaded not guilty during an initial appearance in early November shortly after his arrest.

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

Suspect David DePape is seen in this courtroom sketch.

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 previously reported that DePape yelled, “Where’s Nancy?” when he entered the house.

DePape told officers and medics at the scene that he was fed up with the “level of lies” coming from Washington, D.C., and “came here to have a little chat with his wife,” according to a court document. “I really didn’t mean to hurt him, but you know this was a suicidal mission. I won’t stand here doing nothing even if it costs me my life.”

After the attack, Paul Pelosi underwent surgery “to repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands,” Drew Hammill, the speaker’s spokesman, said in a statement at the time.

DePape had also planned to address President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, the governor of California. Gavin Newsom and actor Tom Hanks, an official with the San Francisco Police Department, testified this month.

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 the arraignment Wednesday.

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

This story has been updated with additional information and reactions.

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