Courtroom chaos defendant attacks judge las vegas Caught on Camera!

LAS VEGAS — Immediately following the attempt by a defendant in a felony battery case to persuade a Nevada judge that he had reformed his violent ways and didn’t warrant incarceration, the sentencing took a chaotic turn. The defendant leaped over a defense table and the judge’s bench, landing on top of her, leading to a violent brawl involving court officials and attorneys.

The dramatic incident, which unfolded on Wednesday, was captured by courtroom video, revealing Clark County District Court Judge Mary Kay Holthus being pushed back from her seat against a wall as the defendant catapulted over the judge’s bench, grabbing her hair and causing both to tumble, with an American flag falling on them. Although the judge sustained some injuries, she did not require hospitalization, according to courthouse officials.

The defendant, Deobra Delone Redden, who faced a $54,000 bail, refused to appear in court on Thursday for new charges. Consequently, a judge rescheduled his next appearance for Jan. 9. Redden, 30, is charged with 13 counts, including extortion and coercion with force. Seven of the new charges relate to battery on a protected person, referring to the judge and the officers who came to her aid.

Redden had to be forcibly removed from the judge by multiple court and jail officers, as well as courtroom staff, some of whom were observed throwing punches. One courtroom marshal was hospitalized with a bleeding gash on his forehead and a dislocated shoulder.

“It happened so fast it was hard to know what to do,” said Richard Scow, the chief county district attorney, who was prosecuting Redden for an alleged baseball bat attack last year.

Redden’s sentencing has not been immediately rescheduled.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson highlighted the suspect’s criminal record, dominated by violent offenses, including three felonies and nine misdemeanors. He argued that Redden poses an extreme danger to the community and is a flight risk, advocating for him to be held without bail.

“He’s been violent his entire adult life,” Wolfson stated.

Redden’s defense attorney on Wednesday, Caesar Almase, declined to comment on Thursday.

During the sentencing hearing, Redden, who was not shackled or in jail attire due to a prior deal with prosecutors, pleaded guilty in November to a reduced charge of attempted battery resulting in substantial injuries. Initially charged with assault with a deadly weapon in the baseball bat attack, he wore a white shirt and dark pants, requesting leniency from the judge and portraying himself as someone who continually strives to do the right thing.

“I’m not a rebellious person,” he told the judge, later expressing disagreement with the prospect of prison. “But if it’s appropriate for you, then you have to do what you have to do.”

As the judge signaled her intent to imprison him, and the court marshal moved to handcuff him, Redden shouted expletives and charged forward amid screams from those seated with him in the courtroom audience, including his foster mother.

Records indicate that Redden, a Las Vegas resident, was evaluated and found competent to stand trial in the battery case before pleading guilty to the reduced charge. He had previously served prison time in Nevada for a domestic battery conviction, as indicated in records.

Holthus, with over 27 years of courthouse experience as a career prosecutor, was elected to the state court bench in 2018.

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