The in-custody suspect who allegedly broke into U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home and beat her 82-year-old husband in October pleaded not guilty Wednesday to six charges, including attempted murder, according to prosecutors.
David DePape, 42, allegedly planned to kidnap the speaker, who was in Washington at the time of the attack, when he broke into the couple’s San Francisco home on Oct. 28, authorities said.
Instead, according to police, the 42-year-old defendant beat her husband, Paul Pelosi, with a hammer in an attack that was witnessed by two police officers and shocked the political world.
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Paul Pelosi was knocked unconscious and woke up in a pool of his own blood. He later underwent surgery to repair a skull fracture and serious injuries to his right arm and hands. He has since appeared in public wearing a hat and a glove that covered his wounds.
According to the Associated Press, earlier this month, a judge ruled that prosecutors had presented enough evidence during a preliminary hearing to move forward.
Wednesday’s appearance was another arraignment, a procedural move where the defendant enters a plea on the charges that will be brought to trial.
DePape is still being held without bail, and his state case returns to court on Feb. 23