By Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota man accused of attacking his public defender while in court is being held without bond.

Capt. Jim Hoekman with the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department says 34-year-old Kelly John Lange became upset and attacked his public defender in a conference room.

Hoekman says Lange was in court because he failed to complete court-ordered anger management classes. Hoekman says Lange tipped over the room’s table and struck the female public defender in the face.

Hoekman says it’s unclear what caused Lange’s outburst. The attorney suffered minor injuries.

Lange is facing four alternating counts of simple assault stemming from the court incident.



Lange’s wife, Neesha, tells the Argus Leader that what her husband did was wrong. But, she says, his public defender wasn’t giving him the help he needed.

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