A Florida atheist accused of attacking his roommate with a butter knife because he reportedly thought he was Jesus told a judge that he believes he’s entitled to a secular public defender.
Gustav Potthoff, 51, asked this week that his attorney be switched up, telling the judge that he’s entitled to “be with someone of my own kind,” according to UPI.
“It’s just my human rights and everything else,” Potthoff said. “I’m allowed to be with someone of my own kind.”
He also decried the idea of an agnostic attorney, calling the notion “sacrilegious.”
But it seems the judge wasn’t prepared to entertain the request, telling Potthoff that he’ll have to pay for his own secular attorney if he so chooses.
Potthoff, who is currently detained in Orange County Jail, is accused of throwing a glass and a butter knife at his roommate, Raymond Hernandez.
According to the police report, Hernandez, who escaped uninjured, told police that Potthoff said he thought he was Jesus and that he wanted to kill him.
While the accused didn’t mention Jesus in his version of the story, his account of what happened when speaking with police reportedly changed numerous times.
Read the police report below:
Police arrested Potthoff Monday, charging him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Huffington Post.
This apparently isn’t Potthoff’s first run-in with the law. He was also reportedly arrested on May 2, 2013, for calling in a fake bomb threat to the Secret Service.
(H/T: Huffington Post)
Featured image via Orange County Jail