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Court delayed for Vegas lawmaker in threat case

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Assemblyman Steven Brooks was placed under mental evaluation just six days after his arrest for threatening the state Assembly Speaker. (NLVPD)) Assemblyman Steven Brooks was placed under mental evaluation just six days after his arrest for threatening the state Assembly Speaker. (NLVPD))

An initial court appearance for a Nevada lawmaker accused of threatening the state Assembly Speaker was delayed Monday.

An official at North Las Vegas Justice Court said charges have not yet been filed against Assemblyman Steven Brooks. Once the Clark County District Attorney's office has filed charges, an initial arraignment is expected to be scheduled, the court said.

Brooks' was initially slated to appear for charges connected to his Jan. 19 arrest for threatening a public official - Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick. His attorney Mitchell Posin said he would appear for his client while Brooks remained hospitalized for a mental evaluation.

Brooks was taken to the hospital last Friday following a domestic disturbance at the Las Vegas home of his grandmother.

According to an arrest report, the threats weren't made directly to Kirkpatrick; rather, they were relayed by other lawmakers.

Brooks was taken into custody on Jan. 19 by North Las Vegas police at Carey Avenue and Mt. Hood Street in what police described as a felony high-risk car stop.

Police located a .357 Smith & Wesson handgun inside Brooks' rental car along with a box of ammunition. According to the report, Brooks told police he had the gun because he had been at an NRA shooting event earlier in the day. The story was contradicted by a Nevada State Legislative police officer.

The report claims that Brooks' relatives told police that Brooks had called Las Vegas Councilman Ricki Barlow earlier in the day and told him that he had a loaded gun and may harm Kirkpatrick. Brooks further allegedly told Barlow that he was not afraid to die and was willing to have a shootout with police.

When police spoke with Kirkpatrick, she said Nevada State Sen. Kelvin Atkinson had called her earlier in the day, claiming an unknown person told him that Brooks is driving around with a gun, looking to harm her. She also said that Brooks on several prior occasions told her that she had ruined his life by becoming speaker and that when she took over as speaker, that would be her last day as speaker.

The report also claims Kirkpatrick told police she had learned Brooks earlier in the day called Legislature police, saying he needed protection because his life was in danger.

Brooks was scheduled to meet with the media in Carson City on Tuesday, but he never showed. Instead, he was hospitalized in Las Vegas for internal bleeding.

Since his release from the hospital, Brooks has reportedly exhibited bizarre behavior, including leaving the Legislative building in Carson City in a hood and appearing shirtless on the front page of the Jan. 25 Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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