According to witnesses and court officials, a defendant in a felony battery case attacked a Nevada judge on Wednesday by jumping over the judge’s bench and defense table, landing on top of her, and starting a violent fight with attorneys and court staff.
District Judge Mary Kay Holthus of Clark County fell back from her seat against a wall in a violent scene that was caught on camera. She was hurt, but not hospitalized, according to courthouse officials.
According to the officials and witnesses, a courtroom marshal sustained injuries as well while assisting the judge. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of a gash on his forehead that was gushing and a dislocated shoulder. At around eleven in the morning, there was an attack at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas.
Deobra Delone Redden, 30, was the defendant when a number of court, jail, and staff members—some of whom are seen punching—were seen wrestling her to the ground behind the judge’s bench.
After being taken into custody, he was lodged at the Clark County Detention Center, where documents revealed he was facing numerous new felonies, one of which was battery on a protected person, which included the judge and court officials.
Faced Several Injuries
Judge Attacked Las Vegas: In a video released by the Clark County District Court, Judge Mary Kay Holthus is shown cradling her head following a defendant’s launch over her desk on January 3, 2024, in Las Vegas, during the defendant’s sentencing in a felony battery case. According to the authorities, a courtroom marshal sustained a dislocated shoulder and a bleeding gash on his forehead in the attack, but the judge only sustained minor injuries.
Redden, a resident of Las Vegas, was assessed and determined to be mentally competent to face trial, according to records, and in November he entered a guilty plea to a reduced charge of attempted violence causing significant bodily harm. According to state records, he was previously incarcerated in Nevada on a conviction of domestic violence.
In 2018 and 2022, Holthus, a seasoned prosecutor with over 27 years of courtroom experience, was elected to the state court bench.