Pendleton makes first court appearance, charged with murder of GFPD Officer Cody Holte
Bond for Pendleton is set at $1 million in cash.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.– Salamah Pendleton appeared in court for the first time since he was hospitalized after a shootout with police officers that killed Grand Forks Police Officer Cody Holte and injured a Grand Forks County Sheriffs Deputy.
Corrections officers rolled Pendleton into frame in a wheelchair, which he had to be in due to injuries he sustained from the shootout. The proceedings were held remotely, with Pendleton connected to the judge via a webcam in the Grand Forks County Correction Center, and his lawyers on the phone. The courtroom was empty apart from Judge Don Hager and his court reporter.
“The charge is murder, alleging that he willfully caused the death of Officer Cody Holte, under circumstances manifesting in extreme indifference to the value of human life, by firing multiple rounds with an AK47 in the direction of the officer, striking him in the chest with gunfire,” Judge Don Hager said.
Pendleton was also charged with another count of murder for the death of Lola Moore, Pendleton’s mother, three counts of attempted murder, as well as criminal mischief, terrorizing and reckless endangerment.
He was silent throughout most of the proceedings, only stopping to ask a question about rescheduling his preliminary hearing.
Pendleton was supposed to receive his preliminary hearing and arraignment today, his lawyers requested a new date due to new evidence being obtained by the defense in discovery, requiring more time to prepare for the hearing. He will be back in court for his preliminary hearing on August 7th.
The charges carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a fine of $20,000. Bond for Pendleton is set at $1,000,000 in cash.
A judge will decide on August 7 whether there is enough evidence to move past a preliminary hearing and onto the trial.