A 20-year-old man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he attacked a 77-year-old woman with a shovel last week after ingesting the synthetic drug known as bath salts.
The man, Robert William White, appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Glendale wearing a dark gray inmate jumpsuit, and was handcuffed as two sheriff's deputies escorted him in front of the judge. His subdued demeanor was a far cry from Thursday after the alleged attack, when police officers and paramedics carried him out of his apartment handcuffed to a chair as he yelled “God loves all of you” to bystanders.
Outside the courtroom, his attorney, Stephen Sitkoff, said White was polite and had no criminal history.
“He is doing fine,” Sitkoff said.
White faces two felony counts of first-degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.
Prosecutors added the burglary charge because White allegedly briefly entered the woman's apartment as she called police for help.