Las Vegas | A judge attacked in the middle of a courtroom by an accused

(Las Vegas) A Nevada judge was attacked Wednesday by a defendant in an assault case, who jumped over a defense table and the judge’s bench, landing on top of her and sparking a bloody fight involving court officials and lawyers, officials and witnesses said.


In a violent scene captured on courtroom video, Clark County District Judge Mary Kay Holthus fell from her seat against a wall and suffered some injuries, but was not hospitalized, courthouse officials said.

A courtroom commissioner was also injured while coming to the judge’s aid and was hospitalized for treatment of a bleeding gash to his forehead and a dislocated shoulder, according to officials and witnesses.

The attack happened around 11 a.m. at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas.

The defendant, Deobra Delone Redden, 30, was tackled to the ground behind the judge’s bench by several court and jail officers, as well as courtroom staff, some of whom are seen throwing punches.

PHOTO CLARK COUNTY DISTRICT COURT, PROVIDED BY REUTERS

He was arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center, where records show he faces several new criminal charges, including battery on a protected person – referring to the judge and officers of the court.

“It happened so quickly it was hard to know what to do,” said Richard Scow, the county’s chief prosecutor who prosecuted Redden in a case stemming from an arrest last year on allegations he which Redden allegedly attacked a person with a baseball bat.

Redden’s defense attorney, Caesar Almase, did not respond to subsequent phone and email messages seeking comment.

Redden was not in custody when he arrived in court Wednesday. He wore a white shirt and dark pants as he stood next to Mr. Almase, asking the judge for leniency while describing himself as “a person who never stops trying to do the right thing, no matter how difficult it is.”

“I’m not a rebellious person,” he told the judge, later adding that he didn’t think he should be sent to prison. “But if it suits you, you have to do what you have to do. »

As the judge made it clear she intended to put him behind bars and the marshal decided to handcuff him, Redden shouted expletives and charged forward – amid screams from those sitting with Redden in the courtroom.

PHOTO CLARK COUNTY DISTRICT COURT, PROVIDED BY REUTERS

Records showed that Redden, a Las Vegas resident, was evaluated and found mentally fit to stand trial before pleading guilty in November to a reduced charge of attempted battery causing great bodily harm. He previously served a prison sentence in Nevada for domestic battery, according to state records.

Judge Holthus, a career prosecutor with more than 27 years of courtroom experience, was elected to the state court bench in 2018 and again in 2022.

In a statement, court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price said officials were “reviewing all of our protocols and will do whatever is necessary to protect the judiciary, the public and our employees.”


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