Darrell Brooks found guilty in Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy

Written by on October 26, 2022

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Nearly a 12 months after a devastating assault on a hallowed metropolis custom, Darrell Brooks Jr. was convicted Wednesday for his position within the deaths and accidents of dozens of individuals within the 2021 Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy.

After being sequestered Tuesday evening, the jury introduced it had verdicts early Wednesday. Brooks was discovered responsible of six counts of first-degree intentional murder, which carry obligatory life in jail phrases. Studying the verdicts for all 76 counts continued Wednesday morning.

Six folks died and not less than one other 61 others had been injured when a pink Ford Blazer SUV pushed by Brooks tore by means of the vacation parade trial on Nov. 21, 2021. Authorities and others scrambled to assist victims over a four-block stretch whereas on the identical time starting the seek for the motive force.

The four-week lengthy trial was replete with disruptions and delays from Brooks, who determined to represent himself much less than every week earlier than the trial’s first day.

Brooks’ trial represented the top of a protracted authorized course of that included dramatic shifts, starting with expenses filed two days after the parade and persevering with with pretrial hearings simply days earlier than the trial. Among the many adjustments had been two adjustments in Brooks’ plea of not responsible, to not guilty by reason or mental disease or defect (also called an madness protection) after which a withdrawal of that protection technique.

Earlier than jurors ended deliberations Wednesday, Brooks requested the court docket for a mistrial after the invention of a Reddit submit, later decided to be a “prank,” from somebody initially claiming to be a juror in his murder and reckless endangerment trial.

Waukesha County Circuit Court docket Choose Jennifer Dorow mentioned she’ll look forward to an investigation to advance earlier than making any rulings, together with on any of Brooks’ options for jury discharge or a mistrial.

Exterior of the courtroom, folks carrying in blue Waukesha Sturdy sweatshirts had gathered forward of the verdicts bulletins, heads bowed in silent prayer. 

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Darrell Brooks is asked to remove his mask for the purpose of Franklin Assistant Chief of Police Craig Liermann, a witness for the prosecution, to identify him on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, during Brooks trial at the Waukesha Courthouse in Waukesha, Wis.

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