UPDATED 5:49 PM PT – Wednesday, December 14, 2022
David DePape, the accused attacker of Paul Pelosi, has had his first preliminary hearing to determine if his case will advance to trial. He admitted that he was looking to harm the Speaker and claimed that there is an “evil in Washington.”
DePape appeared in court on Wednesday. At the hearing, prosecutors presented the hammer that was used in the attack against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) husband Paul Pelosi. During the assault on October 28th, DePape allegedly hit Mr. Pelosi with a hammer in his head, arm and hand. All of Pelosi’s injuries required surgery.
During the preliminary hearing, Lt. Carla Hurley, who interviewed DePape for an hour the day of the attack, admitted that the suspect was on a suicide mission. During their conversation, DePape told her that he was seeking to kidnap the House Speaker. He was not aware that she was out of town the night he allegedly broke into her San Francisco residence.
The accused attacker also informed that apart from the Speaker, he had plans to target other California and federal politicians. Some of the other names he was planning to target included California Governor Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.), actor Tom Hanks and President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden.
On December 4th, Pelosi made his first public appearance since the attack. He attended the 45th Kennedy Center Honors in Washington D.C. alongside his wife. His wife Nancy recently announced that she will not seek re-election to represent the Democrat Party.