LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – A judge in Clark County has ordered a felon, who violently attacked her, to appear before her “by any and all means necessary.” The incident took place at the Regional Justice Center during the defendant’s court appearance on Wednesday. The defendant, Deobra Delone Redden, previously served prison time for domestic battery and had pleaded guilty to attempted battery causing substantial bodily harm.
During the court proceedings, Redden, who was not in custody, asked the judge for leniency. However, he then lunged at the judge, landing on top of her while she tried to move out of the way. Court officials and officers had to intervene to restrain Redden, turning the situation into a brawl. The defendant was subsequently arrested and taken to the Clark County Detention Center, facing multiple new felony charges, including battery on a protected person.
The attack left Judge Mary Kay Holthus with some injuries as she fell back against a wall, while a courtroom marshal suffered a gash on his forehead and a dislocated shoulder. Chief county district attorney Richard Scow described the incident as happening too fast, making it difficult to respond. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson expressed gratitude that the judge was okay and praised the heroic efforts of those who came to her aid.
Holthus, despite minor injuries, returned to work later that week. In a new court filing, she ordered officers to bring Redden to court “by any and all means necessary.” Following the attack, Redden reportedly told an officer in a holding cell that the judge had it out for him and called her “evil.” Court documents also revealed his apology to the authorities for having witnessed the altercation.
Court spokesperson Mary Ann Price stated that officials are now reviewing their protocols to ensure the safety of the judiciary, the public, and employees. The judge’s order to bring Redden back to court reflects the determination to hold him accountable for his actions. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and further consequences are anticipated.