Man Who Plowed SUV Into Christmas Parade Crowd Guilty Of 76 Criminal Charges


Darrell Brooks Jr. was found guilty on all 76 charges, including first-degree intentional homicide, and remained silent as the verdict was read.

Darrell Brooks intentionally drove through a crowd of parade-goers at significant speeds, hitting 68 people in total. The district attorney said Brooks’ intent was to cause harm.

Police said Brooks drove his vehicle into a parade despite warnings to stop and officers opening fire on him. Six people were killed, and more than 40 others were injured.

Brooks, 40, initially pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease, but but his public defenders withdrew the plea in September. He then told the judge he wanted to represent himself.

The judge allowed Brooks to represent himself at trial, and told jurors not to be distracted by Brooks’ conduct during the trial. Brooks tried to raise questions about the vehicle and his intent, saying there had been misconceptions and lies told about him.

Darrell Brooks, who represented himself in court, has repeatedly disrupted the trial and challenged the court’s jurisdiction. He has been placed in a nearby courtroom where he can communicate via a monitor and microphone which is most often muted.

Brooks tried to have his case dismissed, claiming that mechanical issues could have been to blame, but the judge denied his request and forced him to watch the proceedings via video in another room.

Almost every question prosecutors asked witnesses was met with an objection from Brooks, who repeatedly asked to have the case dismissed.

Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper focused on Brooks’ intent during her closing arguments, saying he intended to kill people by driving through a parade. She played a video of what she said was Brooks’ “carnage” in the parade.

Prosecutors allege Brooks got into a fight with his ex-girlfriend and fled in his SUV, which led to him driving into the parade.

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