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Paul Pelosi attack: Suspect David DePape pleads not guilty to state charges

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In a brief court hearing on Wednesday, David DePape pleaded not guilty to declare charges stemming from an attack on Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in late October. A second felony indictment is customary in California following a preliminary hearing in which a defendant is required to answer to all charges.

DePape pleaded not guilty in a first appearance in early November shortly after his arrest. He is charged with attempted murder, assault, forcible confinement, threatening a family member of a public official, elder abuse and first-degree burglary.

Appearing before Judge Teresa Caffese on Wednesday, DePape said only one word in court, answering “yes,” when asked if he was waiving his right to a speedy trial.

The District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender Adam Lipson declined to comment after the brief procedural hearing.

One of the victim’s daughters, Christine Pelosi, was present at Wednesday’s hearing.

DePape is due back in San Francisco Superior Court at 9 a.m. Feb. 23, when Judge Rochelle East is expected to set a trial date.

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