The trial for the man who allegedly drove into the Waukesha Christmas parade is ready to begin.
Six people were killed last November when a suspect plowed a maroon SUV into a crowd of spectators at the Waukesha Christmas Parade in Wisconsin. 40-year-old Darrell Brooks is charged with 77 crimes and is suspected of being the driver. The jury selection process for his trial, which is set to start on Monday, will be handled by him alone.
According to court filings, Brooks is accused with six charges of first-degree intentional homicide and six counts of causing a death through hit-and-run. He also faces 67 counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety with a deadly weapon and two counts of felony bail jumping.
According to Wisconsin law, he may spend his entire life behind bars if found guilty of a single first-degree intentional homicide, a Class A felony.
The Defendant Asked to Represent Himself
Last Wednesday, Brooks’ request to forego his right to counsel was approved by Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow, according to Wisconsin Public Radio, an NPR member station.
According to WPR:
Dorow added that she thought Brooks was psychologically capable of standing up for himself. Dorow insisted that the trial’s opening would not be delayed.
Jeremy Perri, Brooks’ now-former attorney, claimed he had explained the accusations over the course of 25 meetings before being removed from the case. Although he is aware of the charges, Brooks claimed he does not fully comprehend them.
Additionally, according to court documents, public defenders will not be permitted to represent Brooks in case he changes his mind during the trial.
Brooks initially entered a not guilty by reason of a mental illness or defect plea in June, but he later changed his mind.
Brooks Also Faces Domestic Abuse Charges
Last year, Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson claimed that the authorities had missed a chance to halt Brooks before he plowed his SUV into parade spectators.
In November of last year, Thompson told reporters that “the suspect prior to the incident was involved in a domestic disturbance, which was minutes prior.” “And immediately before we arrived at that domestic incident, the suspect left the scene.”
Before the parade, Brooks is accused of approaching a woman outside of a motel, knocking her phone out of her hand, and then driving away. Authorities claim that when Brooks returned to the scene, he smacked the woman in the face before running her over with his car.
Two counts of domestic violence have been brought against Brooks, which is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and up to nine months in jail.
The trial is scheduled to last through October 28th, according to court documents.
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