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Glendale Man Pleads Not Guilty To Attacking Woman With Shovel While High on Bath Salts

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A man accused of bashing a woman in the head with a shovel during an allegedly bath salts-fueled attack last week was in court today pleading not guilty to all charges.

Robert William White, 20, of Glendale appeared to be much calmer in court today than he had been after he was arrested after the attack on Thursday afternoon, the Los Angeles Times reports. At the time, it was reported that he was yelling to bystanders that God loved them and insisting that he was an alien. He was arrested after a standoff with police.

Police said that White had been swinging a shovel at birds on Thursday when a 77-year-old woman came up to him and told him to stop. He responded by following her into her home and hitting her over the head with a shovel, police say. White now faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon and burglary since he entered her home. The woman's injuries were not life-threatening. Police said White admitted to taking a combination of bath salts and soda that day.

His attorney, Stephen Sitkoff, said White has no criminal history. White will remain in police custody in lieu of $75,000 bail. He's due back in court July 5.