During the federal trial of David DePape, accused of a brutal hammer attack on Paul Pelosi, the husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Paul testified about the terrifying intrusion at their San Francisco mansion. His testimony shed light on the events of the night when he woke up to find an intruder in his bedroom.
In his testimony, Paul Pelosi described the moment on October 28, 2022, when he was awakened by the presence of a large man holding a hammer and zip ties. He recognized the serious danger he was in and tried to stay calm. The intruder repeatedly asked about Nancy’s whereabouts and stated his intention to wait for her, emphasizing that she was the primary target.
Despite the fear, Paul managed to reach his bathroom where he had his cellphone charging. He called 911 for help, mentioning the existence of surveillance cameras and an alarm system in their home. Surprisingly, Paul had not activated the alarm on the night of the attack as he only did so when leaving the house.
When the police arrived, Paul felt relieved, thinking that the worst was behind him. However, when an officer ordered DePape to drop the hammer, he instead pushed Paul and struck him on the head, causing a skull fracture. Paul later woke up in a pool of blood.
Throughout Paul’s testimony, his daughter Christine Pelosi sat in the courtroom, attentively listening to the account of the violent attack. Paul expressed his efforts to put the incident out of his mind and not discuss it with anyone, focusing on recovery and moving forward.
The trial also featured testimony from law enforcement officials who provided details about the attack and the subsequent investigation. Surveillance video footage was presented, showing DePape’s movements before the assault and the moment he smashed through the glass patio door of the Pelosis’ home.
In addition, it was revealed that DePape had searched for Nancy Pelosi’s personal information before the attack, according to a witness from Spokeo. Defense attorney Jodi Linker announced that they would not dispute the attack itself but would argue that DePape believed he was taking action against government corruption and the abuse of children.
As the trial progresses, it remains uncertain whether DePape will testify or choose to remain silent. The prosecution’s final witness, a neurosurgeon, is expected to testify when the trial resumes. If convicted, DePape could face life in prison and is also facing charges in state court.
Following his arrest, DePape made statements indicating his intention to hold Nancy Pelosi hostage and cause harm if she did not comply. He also mentioned other targets, including a professor, California Governor Gavin Newsom, actor Tom Hanks, and President Joe Biden’s son Hunter.