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Man Accused of Attacking Nancy Pelosi’s Husband Heads to Trial

Written by Jonah Owen LambPublished Dec. 28, 2022 • 10:30am
Defendant David DePape during an appearance in San Francisco Superior Court on Nov. 15, 2022. | Vicki Behringer for The Standard

The man accused of attacking Nancy Pelosi’s husband with a hammer is headed to trial after he pleaded not guilty to newly refiled charges, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

David DePape—who stands accused of attempted murder, first-degree residential burglary, elder abuse, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and threatening a family member of a public official—is due in San Francisco Superior Court next on Feb. 23.  

He faces similar charges in a separate federal case.

Both cases stem from the Oct. 28 attack in which prosecutors say DePape wielded a hammer against Paul Pelosi in front of police during a foiled attempt to kidnap Nancy Pelosi.

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