The trial of David DePape, the man who allegedly attacked Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), has just commenced, and we are already learning new details about the incident.
The new details, reported by the local outlet KRON4, came from a preliminary hearing that took place on Wednesday in the San Francisco Superior Court in California. The purpose of the hearing was to determine whether or not there is enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial.
One of the first pieces of evidence presented at the hearing was the 911 call that Paul Pelosi made after DePape had broken into Pelosi's house.
"There is a gentleman here waiting for my wife to come, waiting for my wife to come back. She’s not going to be here for days so I guess we will have to wait," Pelosi said after the 911 dispatcher asked him whether he needs help.
As evidenced here, throughout the call Pelosi attempts to inform the dispatcher about what is going on without upsetting DePape, who was standing close by. At one point, DePape can be heard telling the dispatcher that "I'm a friend of theirs," which does not appear to be the case, as Pelosi told the dispatcher, "I don't know who he is."
The call ends after Pelosi tells the dispatcher, "he's telling me to get the hell off the phone."
After the hammer that was allegedly used by DePape during the attack was shown, a 15-second video clip was played from a body camera that was worn by a police officer who responded to the Pelosi residence on the day of the break-in. KRON4 reports:
The body camera recorded the front door opening, the hammer attack, and DePape being tackled and arrested. Reporters in the courtroom gallery could only hear (not see) the video because the TV monitor was facing toward the judge.
The footage starts with an officer asking DePape, "what's going on man," to which DePape replies, "everything's good." Then, the officer asks DePape to "drop the hammer." "Uh nope," DePape replies.
A struggle then breaks out between DePape and Pelosi over the hammer. DePape gets control over it and strikes Pelosi on the head, and that's when, according to KRON4, the "officer charged at DePape and tackled him to the ground [as] Paul Pelosi was unconscious, facedown on the ground, and in a pool of blood."
Next, the court heard some testimony, including testimony from San Francisco Police Department Lt. Carla Hurley. Hurley spoke about her interview with Paul Pelosi in the hospital on Oct. 30, 2022, as well as her interview with DePape on Oct. 28, 2022, the interview during which DePape confessed.
Paul Pelosi told Hurley that, on the day of the attack, he was woken up by DePape, who asked him where Nancy Pelosi was. DePape, according to Paul Pelosi, had a hammer and zip ties, and wanted to tie him up until Nancy Pelosi returned. Paul Pelosi also said, according to Hurley, that he was threatened many times by DePape.
During the interrogation, DePape admitted to everything he did, and he revealed his motivation for doing so, namely, holding Nancy Pelosi hostage and talking to her to try to get her to tell the truth. DePape, who admitted to also planning to target California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), Hunter Biden, actor Tom Hanks, and others, told Hurley:
The lies are insane. People in Washington. It originates with Hillary. Honestly, day in and day out, the person on TV lying every day was (Nancy) Pelosi. It’s f****** insane the crime spree the Democrats have been on, persecuting the rival campaign . . . Yes Trump. (The Democrats) go from one crime to another crime. It’s a whole f****** four years. It’s unacceptable.
DePape has been charged with a number of crimes, including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, attacking a family member of a public official, and elder abuse. DePape has pleaded "not guilty."
After the hearing, the judge determined that there was enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial.