A defendant who struck a Nevada judge during his felony violence sentencing remains detained following a heated altercation with court staff and counsel.
Las Vegas— After trying to convince a Nevada judge that he was turning his violent past around and didn't need to be locked up, he leaped over a defense table and the judge's bench, landing on her and starting a bloody brawl with court officials and attorneys.
Courtroom footage showed Clark County District Court Judge Mary Kay Holthus sliding back against a wall as the defendant hurled himself over the judge's bench and grabbed her hair,
dropping an American flag upon them on Wednesday. The judge was injured but not hospitalized, courthouse authorities said. Deobra Delone Redden, detained on $54,000 bail,
refused to appear in court on Thursday on additional accusations, so a judge delayed his hearing until Jan. 9. Redden, 30, is charged with 13 counts of extortion and force.
Some court and jail police and courtroom workers threw fists as they hauled Redden off the judge Wednesday. One courtroom marshal was hospitalized for a forehead bleed and shoulder dislocation.
“It happened so fast it was hard to know what to do,” said Richard Scow, the lead county district attorney prosecuting Redden for allegedly hitting someone with a baseball bat last year.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said the suspect had three felonies and nine misdemeanors, mostly violent charges. He said Redden was “an extreme danger to the community and a flight risk” and should be jailed without bail.