NOTE: Video above has been edited to remove the name of the victim.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man accused of assault and attempted murder after he allegedly beat a woman by hitting her in the head with a hammer laughed repeatedly in court Monday morning and said "hail Satan" before being escorted out.

Jeffery Thomas Scott Jr. is accused of beating his girlfriend near the 500 block of Tom Wallace Park Road, near Jefferson Memorial Forrest, on Friday afternoon.

According to an arrest report, he "repeatedly struck her in the head with a hammer. Despite her pleas for help, he continued to strike her."

Police say Scott left the victim for dead. 

"A passerby in the park had located her while they were on the hiking trail and they called 911," said LMPD Sgt. Emily McKinley. 

The woman was so badly hurt, the department's homicide unit is handling this case. 

"The victim suffered serious physical trauma to her skull and her condition is considered critical," police say in the arrest report. "If she survives, her quality of life is expected to be detrimentally altered."

Police say the victim is in her 20's and is still at University Hospital in critical condition. 

Scott was taken into custody a few hours after detectives got the case, according to Sgt. McKinley. 

The 28-year-old was arraigned Monday morning and could be seen smiling and laughing while waiting to go before the judge. 

Once it was his turn, he told court officials he does not want an attorney. The judge appointed a public defender for the time being.

As he was being led away, Scott said, "Hail Satan!"

Sgt. McKinley says the homicide unit didn't see this kind of behavior when police brought him in. 

"He was not acting like that," she said. "He was very straight forward in what he did but he didn't have any outbursts like we saw today in court." 

Online records show Scott was cited Monday for contempt of court. 

His bond was set a $250,000 full cash. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim. 

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