The trial of the man accused of driving an SUV through a Christmas parade in Wisconsin on Sunday, November 21, 2021, killing six people and injuring many more is slated to begin in a little more than a week, and the defendant intends to represent himself. On Thursday, public defender Jeremy Perri filed a motion in Waukesha County Circuit Court to have himself and assistant public defender Anna Kees removed from the case because their client, accused Darrell Brooks Jr., wants to represent himself.
There has been no word about the motion’s hearing date. If Judge Jennifer Dorow agrees, Brooks’ trial on six charges of murder and around 70 other felonies may begin as soon as October 3. The trial is planned to last four weeks in court. Let us walk you through everything that happened in this case.
Who is Darrell Brooks Jr.?
Darrell Brooks, 40, of Wisconsin, is a person of interest in the 2021 Waukesha Christmas Parade shooting. He’s a burgeoning rapper who goes by the alias “Mathboi Fly” online.
Darrell Brooks’s Criminal Record
According to court documents, the man is a convicted felon with a long criminal history in Wisconsin. He was released on November 5, 2021, on $ 1,000 bail, after being arrested for assessments of domestic violence, disorderly conduct, bail, and assault.
Darell Brooks was charged with two felonies in another case filed in July 2020, reckless danger and gun possession. His first conviction was for serious assault in 1999.
He was arrested for possession of marijuana in 2002 and 2011 and was charged with obstructing a policeman in 2003 and 2005.
Waukesha Christmas Parade Incident 2021
On November 21, 2021, residents of Waukesha, Wisconsin came together to celebrate the holiday season with a Christmas parade that included marching bands, groups of dancing grannies, and many families with young children.
Unfortunately, a red Ford Escape SUV broke through the barricades, “sending corpses flying” and charged into the crowd, killing and injuring many more people. The terrifying moment as the SUV drove towards parade onlookers was captured on video by viewers of the live stream and the city procession.
Witnesses reported seeing the car traveling at around 40 miles per hour. Additional footage of the horrific incident shows the car crashing through a barrier and driving away from the scene as bullets ring out from a police officer. Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said at a press conference that an officer was trying to stop the SUV when shots were fired.
Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said during a press conference that an officer was attempting to stop the SUV when shots were fired. The gunfire caused no injuries, he specified. He said that more than 40 individuals were hurt, including small children.
The casualties included twelve youngsters and eleven adults who were sent to six area hospitals.
The local fire department’s chief, Steve Howard, said there were “several fatalities,” but he couldn’t specify how many since relatives were still being informed.
Carroll University in Waukesha went into lockdown after a “shelter in place” advice was issued, but the lockdown was lifted after police discovered the driver.
The arrest of Darrell Brooks
Darrell Brooks’ YouTube account, which has since been deactivated, used to provide rap music videos. One of his music videos, which has since been removed, shows him performing in front of a red SUV, which is being investigated for its suspected participation in the Waukesha Christmas Parade event.
He was swerving and obviously intending to hit people, according to eyewitnesses. He was captured minutes later while waiting on the porch of Daniel Rider’s nearby house, seeking Daniel to aid him with a ride.
Local neighbor Daniel Rider recorded Brooks knocking on his door. Brooks was later apprehended by police.
Brooks will face six charges of first-degree murder for the six killings that occurred during the Christmas parade.
The Court Case
This lawsuit is full of twists and turns.
Brooks, 40, initially pleaded not guilty to six counts of willful first-degree murder.
His defense team asked for his trial to be moved from Waukesha County to avoid more negative publicity. Following his rejection, Dorow pleaded not guilty to a mental illness or defect in June 2022.
In Wisconsin, it’s the legal equivalent of pleading insanity. Brooks simply says that during his psychotic episode he was unaware of the lawlessness of his behavior or was unable to stop.
On September 9, 2022, he claimed that he was abandoning the claim that he was mad and would change his plea in the upcoming trial to not guilty.
This is a big change in tactics ahead of the October trial. The defense of insanity may have saved the individual for the rest of his life in prison or in a psychiatric institution.
When Dorow pushed Brooks, all he had to say was, “I have my own reasons why.” He said that he had previously notified his attorneys of the change.
The jury status hearing started at 2 p.m. on September 19, less than a month before the start of his trial. According to court documents, all parties agreed on what video evidence might be revealed at the trial and that not all of the dozens of individuals who captured recordings of the turmoil that are anticipated to be used as evidence needed to be there for their images to be exhibited.
Jeremy Perri, the defense attorney for Darrell Brooks in the Waukesha Christmas parade attack, has filed a motion to withdraw from the case.
Brooks asked that the court allow him to represent himself in court on September 24, 2022.
Brooks’ trial is scheduled to start on October 3.