Update: David DePape ordered to stand trial in violent assault of Paul Pelosi

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SAN FRANCISCO — After hours of testimony, including 911 call audio and police bodycam video, David DePape was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on all charges arising from Paul Pelosi’s terrifying October raid.

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Murphy determined that there was sufficient evidence to proceed with prosecutions on all state charges, including attempted murder.

Murphy has ordered DePape to appear in state court on December 28 for formal charges.

During Wednesday’s preliminary hearing, prosecutors used 911 audio, police CCTV footage and sworn testimony from investigators to minutely solve the case against the accused assailant. The evidence revealed a list of potential targets in addition to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

DePape wore an orange jumpsuit and sat at the defense table. In the packed courtroom sat Christine Pelosi, one of the Pelosis’ five adult children.

The hearing began quickly with prosecutors playing audio of Paul Pelosi’s 911 call to the San Francisco Police Department.

DePape preliminary hearing sketch
DePape preliminary hearing sketch showing the hammer allegedly used in the home invasion and assault of Paul Pelosi.

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The audio recording was followed by one of the SFPD officers – Officer Kyle Cagney – responding to the house taking the stand, describing the doorway with DePape and the swift hammer attack. He then showed the gavel to the courtroom and took it out of a large evidence bag.

Cagney also reviewed the police body camera video with Judge Murphy.

Sergeant Carla Hurley, who interviewed DePape for an hour the day of the attack, testified that the defendant told her about other people he planned to attack, including California Governor Gavin Newsom, actor Tom Hanks, and Hunter Biden, one of the sons of President Joe Biden. Hurley did not say whether police had any evidence of a plot against them.

Authorities had previously said DePape had told investigators he had other goals, but a court document only said they were a local professor, as well as several prominent state and federal politicians and members of their families.

“There’s evil in Washington, what they did went so far beyond the campaign. It’s coming from Hillary (Clinton),” DePape told Hurley, according to her testimony. She said he also noted, “Honestly, they lie day in and day out. They go from one crime to another crime to the next crime.”

The hearing was Murphy’s first. Presiding Judge Loretta “Lori” Giorgi bowed after revealing that she and Christine had worked together in the City of San Francisco law firm in the 1990s, but hadn’t interacted in years.

The enraged DePape allegedly broke into the house looking for Paul’s wife – former House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who was in Washington at the time.

He told officers and medics on the scene — “I’m sick of the insane level of lies coming out of Washington, DC. I came here to have a chat with his wife. I didn’t really want to hurt him, but you know this was a suicide mission. I’m not going to stand here and do nothing, even if it costs me my life.”

On a local level, DePape faces attempted murder, assault, assault and a series of other charges related to the assault in which he hit Paul Pelosi with a hammer and fractured his skull, while police officers watched from a doorway.

Meanwhile there is one parallel prosecution pending in federal court where the man from Richmond was charged assault and attempted kidnapping. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges and is being held without bail.

The allegations stem from his arrest for the early morning burglary and assault on Oct. 28 at Pelosi’s home that sent shockwaves through the country’s divided political landscape.

According to the San Francisco Police Department, officers responded to Paul Pelosi’s 911 call at approximately 2:27 a.m. and reported the break-in.

Upon arrival, the officers found DePape assaulting Pelosi.

“When officers arrived at the scene, they encountered an adult male and Ms. Pelosi’s husband, Paul,” SFPD Chief Bill Scott told reporters. “Our officers observed Mr. Pelosi and the suspect both holding hammers. The suspect pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently attacked him with it.”

“Our agents immediately dealt with the suspect, disarmed him, took him into custody, requested emergency assistance and provided medical assistance,” he added.

Along with the hammer, DePape also had zip ties, which he admitted he had so he could take Nancy Pelosi hostage.

He allegedly entered the house by smashing the window of a back door.

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After surgery and a hospital stay, Paul Pelosi is recovering at home.

When asked in a recent CBS News interview, the Pelosi’s daughter, Alexandra, said her father’s recovery was slow and steady.

“He’s getting better every day, thanks for asking,” she replied to a question about her father’s current condition. “The scars are healing. I mean, he looks like Frankenstein. The scars are healing. But I think the emotional scars, uh, I don’t know if they ever heal.

“I mean, that’s tough. It’s really tough. I don’t think it’s okay for an 82-year-old man to be attacked in the middle of the night in his house because of whatever his wife does for work.”

What added to the emotional scars for the whole family is how some reacted.

“I haven’t slept since the night my father was attacked,” Alexandra said. “What happened to him is one thing; what the outside world did with it for their own political fodder is what is much harder for us as a family to handle. I don’t care who you are and who you vote for. Nobody should do that. think it’s funny that an 82-year-old man was attacked in his home. And yet a sitting governor and an aspiring governor and members of Congress laughed about it.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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