In October, a man broke into the home of Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, and attacked her husband. He was then charged with attempted murder and other counts.
According to authorities, the suspect, David DePape, was planning on abducting the speaker when he broke into her home in San Francisco on October 28. Instead, he attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer. The attack stunned the political world and was witnessed by two law enforcers.
After the attack, Paul Pelosi fell unconscious. He woke up and suffered various injuries, including a skull fracture. He underwent surgery to fix his injuries. He has since displayed a glove and a hat, which covered his wounds.
After a preliminary hearing earlier this month, a judge allowed prosecutors to proceed with the case. On Wednesday, the suspect entered a plea of not guilty during his appearance. This is a procedural move that allows the defendant to enter a plea before the trial begins.
The case against DePape is scheduled to return to court on February 23. His public defender did not respond to requests for comment. In a separate case, DePape has pleaded not guilty to federal charges.
He faces various charges in state court. Some of these include attempted murder, elder abuse, residential burglary, false imprisonment, and assault with a deadly weapon.
An officer from the San Francisco Police Department testified during the preliminary hearing that DePape had talked about how evil was in Washington and how he was looking to kill Pelosi because she was in line to become the next president. Authorities noted that the suspect was fascinated by conspiracy theories.
According to the criminal complaint, the suspect wanted to take the hostage of Pelosi so that other members of Congress would know that there were consequences for their actions.
Nancy Pelosi said in November that she would retire as the leader of the House Democrats after two decades. However, she still remained in office.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on News Max.