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Man who attacked Nevada judge is planning an insanity defense

Video of Deobra Redden leaping over a courtroom bench at a judge went viral, and now his defense is planning their strategy.
Posted at 7:02 PM, Feb 29, 2024

Deobra Redden was brought in shackles to a Las Vegas courtroom on Thursday morning to be arraigned on a slew of felony charges related to an attack on a local judge in open court.

Video of the attack showed Redden leaping the judicial bench during a sentencing hearing on unrelated charges for an attempted battery incident months prior. 

Redden had asked for leniency in the sentencing, arguing he was on a path toward improvement. But when Judge Mary Kay Holthus moved to sentence him to up to four years prison time in the battery case, Redden leapt the bench, cursing at her and throwing punches. 

According to an arrest report, Hothus said the defendant had knocked her out of her chair and repeatedly slammed her head against the wall before pulling chunks of her hair out. 

Watch: Man attacks judge in Nevada court during sentencing
A Nevada judge was violently attacked by a man during a hearing.

Watch: Man attacks judge in Nevada court during sentencing

In video obtained from the court, a suspect is seen leaping over the judge's bench to attack her after a request for probation was denied.


He is accused of battery and attempted murder on Judge Holthus, along with a number of other charges related to the attack and his behavior in jail afterward.

Appearing before Judge Susan Johnson on Thursday, Redden's defense attorney noted his client would invoke his right to a speedy trial and intends to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

In previous court hearings, Redden and his defense counsel have raised the issue of Redden's mental illness. They say he's been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.