Vegas man who attacked judge charged with attempted murder
A Las Vegas grand jury has issued a nine-count indictment against him Deoba Reddenthe man who attacked a judge during sentencing last month.
As The Shadow Room previously reported, Redden was in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 3 for a charge of attempted battery. But things took a turn for the worse when officers saw an unprecedented event unfold right before their eyes.
Before Judge Mary Kay Holthus could read the sentence, Redden jumped over the bench and attacked her, throwing several bullets as security tried to stop him. Courtroom cameras captured the entire scene, which quickly went viral on the Internet and social media platforms.
Redden reportedly told police he wanted to “kill” Holthus shortly after the incident in court. A week after the horrific incident, Judge Holthus sentenced Redden to up to four years in prison for the battery charge to which he pleaded guilty in November.
Conviction for Murder
On Saturday (February 10), the legal drama increased for Redden as he now faces trial for attempted murder, according to the New York Post.
The indictment alleges that Redden assaulted Judge Holthus by grabbing her, pulling her hair, putting his hands around her neck, and hitting her on the head. The manner and method of the attack is still unknown.
In addition to assaulting the judge, charges also say that Redden physically assaulted a Las Vegas police officer.
So far, the attorney who represented Redden at the first hearing has yet to respond to the attempted murder charges.
The defense strategy that could be used in this case begs the question because of the lack of an answer. However, since the shocking change, scrutiny has been applied to Redden’s personal life.
Karen Springer, his foster mother, and LaDonna Daniels, his older sister, revealed to reporters that doctors diagnosed Redden with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to The Guardian.
But despite his mental health claims, court records show that they found Redden competent to stand trial.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Redden’s criminal history already includes three felony convictions and nine misdemeanors, most of which involved acts of violence. His arraignment is set for February 29.
Days after the bombing, KLAS obtained court documents where Redden told officers he was having a “bad day” when he broke down in court.
“The judge is out for me,” he said. “The judge is evil. I’m sorry those guys had to see it,” he said sarcastically to the officers, one of whom he is said to have gotten physical with.
UPDATE: Not today! Watch Judge Judy Respond to Viral Video of Las Vegas Judge Attacker (Video)