Superior Court Judge Diane Northway granted the district attorney’s request to keep DePape in custody. Prosecutors have argued that the 42-year-old — whose online history suggests he adheres to pro-Trump extremist beliefs — posed a threat to public safety.
DePape told investigators that he broke into the Pelosi home with a hammer and planned to break the kneecaps of the speaker, who was in Washington at the time, unless she told “the truth,” as he saw it, to unspecified questions, according to an affidavit in support of the federal charges.
Police officers who responded within minutes to the home witnessed DePape hitting Paul Pelosi in the head with a hammer and knocking him unconscious, according to the federal filings.
A court-appointed defense attorney, Adam Lipson, declined to discuss the specifics of the allegations against DePape.
“There’s also been a lot of speculation regarding Mr. DePape’s vulnerability to misinformation and that’s certainly something we’re going to look into,” Lipson said.
San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins cautioned against making “any presumptions” about the mental state of the accused as she spoke to reporters after the brief court hearing.
“I think what’s clear is this case is vulnerable to misinformation,” Jenkins said.