The man accused of attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s husband told police officers who apprehended him at the couple’s home in San Francisco, California that he was on a “suicide mission” and had additional targets, according to a court filing made on Tuesday.
David DePape was charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, residential burglary, false imprisonment, threatening a public official and elder abuse for his attack on Paul Pelosi on Friday.
The 42-year-old appeared in a state court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to all charges.
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“I’m sick of the insane f***ing level of lies coming out of Washington, D.C. I came here to have a little chat with his wife, DePape reportedly told Paul Pelosi, according to court filings.
“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 cost me my life,” he reportedly said.
After entering his plea, prosecutors revealed the comments DePape made to medics and the authorities on Friday after filing a detention memo.
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The accused revealed several other “prominent” state and federal politicians, their relatives and even a local professor when asked about his other plans besides his attack at the Pelosi’s home. None of the people’s names were revealed in the court filing.
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If convicted, DePape could face 13 years to life in prison if he is convicted. During the 15-minute hearing, he showed up with his arm in a sling wearing an orange jumpsuit. His public defender, Adam Lipson, told reporters that DePape’s shoulder was dislocated when he was arrested by police on Friday. Lipson has said that he aims to angle his defence of DePape as “vulnerability to misinformation.”