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Man who leapt at judge during sentencing faces attempted murder charge

Deobra Redden was shown leaping at Judge Mary Kay Holthus in a viral video.

Deobra Redden is seen launching over the desk of Judge Mary Kay Holthus during his sentencing in a felony battery case in January (Clark County District Court via AP)
A man leaps at a judge Deobra Redden is seen launching over the desk of Judge Mary Kay Holthus during his sentencing in a felony battery case in January (Clark County District Court via AP) (AP)

A man who leaped over a judicial bench and attacked a Nevada judge during a sentencing hearing in Las Vegas last month that was captured in a courtroom video that went viral has now been indicted for attempted murder.

A grand jury returned the nine-count indictment against Deobra Redden, 30, in Las Vegas on Thursday.

His arraignment is scheduled for February 29.

Clark County District Court Judge Mary Kay Holthus was about to deliver Redden’s sentence in an attempted battery case on January 3 when he lunged over the bench at her.

Courtroom cameras recorded as Holthus’ clerk and a court marshal fought with Redden to restrain him in the wild video that was widely viewed on the internet and social media posts.

A week later, Judge Holthus sentenced him to up to four years in prison for the battery charge he had pleaded guilty to in November.

The new indictment for attempted murder alleges that Redden attacked Holthus “by grabbing her, pulling her hair, placing his hands around her throat and/or hitting her on the head by manner and means unknown”.

He is also accused of “punching and/or kicking and/or pushing” a Las Vegas police officer.

A lawyer who represented Redden at the initial hearing did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment on Saturday.

Redden’s foster mother, Karen Springer, and his older sister, LaDonna Daniels, told reporters outside court last month that Redden has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, though court records show he was found competent to stand trial.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said at the time that Redden’s adult criminal history included convictions for three serious offences and nine misdemeanours, mostly involving violent acts.