A convict caught on video violently attacking a Nevada judge while he was being sentenced for a recent assault charge this week will appear in court again next week on more than a dozen new charges, while the judge was Back to work one day after the incident.
Deobra Delone Redden, 30, was scheduled to appear in court Thursday to face new charges, but she refused to attend the hearing, according to The Associated Press.
Clark County Jail online records show Redden remained jailed without bond Friday and his court date had been rescheduled for Tuesday morning.
The attack took place in the district court. Judge Mary Kay Holthus attempted to sentence the defendant to 30 years during a hearing after being found guilty by one county of attempted assault causing substantial bodily harm.
In November, Redden pleaded guilty to the reduced charge and was released from custody. Court records show he was initially charged with assault with a baseball bat and felony assault with a deadly weapon.
Nevada Department of Corrections records show who in 2021 also served a prison sentence after a conviction for third-offense domestic assault.
‘I just can’t handle that story’
During the hearing, Redden, who is free of shackles alongside his attorney, tells the judge: “I’m a person who will never stop trying to do the right thing, no matter how hard it is… I’m trying.”
She responds, “I appreciate that, but I think it’s time for you to try something else because I can’t handle that story.”
“No (expletive) that,” he immediately exclaims and then runs toward the judge and throws himself onto the bench, knocking her to the ground as an American flag falls on the couple.
After the assault, at least three other people in the courtroom worked to remove Redden from the judge. One, a court clerk, is seen on video repeatedly punching Redden while cocaine.
In an image provided by the court, after the attack, the judge is seen standing behind the bench with her head in her hands.
Authorities say the judge suffered minor injuries and a court marshal suffered a cut head and a dislocated shoulder. The Associated Press reported.
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13 new charges filed
Jail records show Redden now faces 13 new charges including coercion with force, intimidation of a public official, extortion and multiple counts of assault on a protected person.
Holthus was elected in 2018 after working in the district attorney’s office for more than 27 years, including 16 years as a prosecutor in the special victims unit, according to the District Court website.
Contributing: Antonio Robledo, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
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