Wagswoofs – A shocking incident unfolded in a Las Vegas courtroom on Wednesday, as a man launched a violent attack on a judge. The distressing video obtained by Nexstar’s KLAS shows the judge seeking cover while a marshal is injured in the process.
Deobra Redden, a 30-year-old with a history of three felonies, found himself in the courtroom of Clark County District Court Judge Mary Kay Holthus. The purpose of his appearance was to face sentencing for the charge of attempted battery with substantial bodily harm, as stated in the records.
Redden jumped over the bench and attacked Holthus while she was sitting behind it, as seen on the tape. This led to more fighting, and Redden was eventually thrown to the ground. Furthermore, a warning went off for a few minutes, letting other people know about what was happening.
After Redden was attacked, his lawyer asked Holthus to give his client probation. “I think it’s time for him to try something else,” Holthus responded.
Documents show that on April 23, Redden “threatened to bust the kneecaps” of another guy, which “randomly caused substantial bodily harm.”
In May, Redden was ordered by a different judge to undergo a competency determination, according to records. Following this, Redden was committed to a state behavioral facility. In October, another judge found Redden to be competent.
In November, Redden admitted guilt for his actions. However, due to his failure to appear in court, Judge Holthus issued a bench warrant for his arrest in December.
Redden has been taken into custody and is now being held at the Clark County jail. He is facing fresh charges of battery and battery on a protected person. Additionally, one of the battery charges indicates that the victim sustained significant harm. Redden was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday to address these new charges.
Holthus was elected to the bench in 2018 by the voters. Prior to that, she gained valuable experience working for the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. Her area of expertise lies in handling cases related to domestic violence and sexual assault.
According to sources, Holthus reportedly suffered a head injury, but fortunately, she is okay. Additionally, one of the marshals involved in the incident also sustained an injury.
Redden had faced charges of malicious destruction of property before Holthus. According to records, he was incarcerated for a year on a domestic battery charge, starting in 2021. In that instance, a separate judge sentenced Redden to a prison term of 12-30 months. Redden was granted parole in 2022 by a board.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson expressed relief that the judge is safe, acknowledging the heroic efforts of those who assisted her, including her marshal and law clerk. He emphasized the gravity of the situation, noting the defendant’s violent behavior, and expressed confidence that there will be repercussions for their actions.
Redden’s attorney did not respond immediately to a request for comment. The 8 News Now Investigators also reached out to the court for a comment.