Footage has emerged capturing the startling moment when the accused, Deobra Redden, leaped over Judge Mary Kay Holthus’ desk and assaulted her in a Clark County courtroom in Las Vegas.
A man undergoing sentencing in a Las Vegas courtroom was captured in a shocking video launching himself over a judge’s bench and assaulting her.
During Deobra Redden’s sentencing in Clark County District Court, Judge Mary Kay Holthus attempted to seek cover as Redden shouted expletives and charged at her. The footage shows him leaping over the bench and forcefully pulling her to the floor.
Subsequent chaos ensued as three other men present struggled to restrain Redden, with one, potentially a court clerk, repeatedly attempting to subdue him. Meanwhile, a woman can be heard imploring for divine intervention as the judge remains on the floor.
Redden, aged 30, was attending the hearing for a charge of attempted battery with substantial bodily harm when the attack on Holthus occurred, as per the court’s records.
Who was hurt in the attack on Judge Mary Kay Holthus?
According to The Associated Press, the judge suffered minor injuries during an incident where a courtroom marshal received a bleeding gash on his forehead and a dislocated shoulder. Mary Ann Price, the District Court spokeswoman, commended the heroic acts of the staff and law enforcement who subdued the defendant.
She stated that the court is committed to ensuring a safe and secure courthouse and courtrooms. The court is reviewing all its protocols and will take necessary measures to protect the judiciary, public, and employees. Holthus was elected to the bench in 2018 after working for the district attorney’s office for over 27 years, including 16 years as a prosecutor on the special victims’ unit, according to the District Court’s website.
What did Judge Holhus say before the attack?
Prior to the assault, Redden’s attorneys had requested probation for their client from Holthus, as reported by local station KLAS-TV.
“I appreciate that, but I believe it’s time for a different approach considering his history,” Holthus remarked. These words were uttered just before Redden, in a burst of expletives, leaped over the courtroom bench to launch an attack on her.
Redden has been convicted of three felonies
Redden admitted guilt and was found guilty of three felony offenses: attempted theft in 2015, battery causing substantial bodily harm in 2018, and domestic violence-related battery in 2021, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Additionally, court records indicate Redden was convicted of a misdemeanor battery charge in 2016 and a misdemeanor charge for property destruction in 2023.
In November, Redden entered a guilty plea for attempted battery causing substantial bodily harm, leading to his court appearance on Wednesday, as per the Journal. Subsequently, he was taken into custody at the Clark County Detention Center, now confronted with charges including battery, battery on a protected person causing substantial bodily harm, and two instances of battery on a protected person.
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