Man convicted of willful murder after driving SUV at Waukesha Christmas Parade | CNN

CNN — Darrell Brooks was convicted Wednesday of six first-degree murders while driving his SUV through a crowd of attendees at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in November. He is convicted and sentenced to mandatory life in prison. Brooks, 40, was also found guilty of 61 counts of recklessly endangering safety using dangerous weapons, six counts of fatal hit and run, two counts of felony bail jumping, and one count of misdemeanor domestic battery assault. . Brooks defended himself in court, was militant throughout the trial, and repeatedly spoke of the judge, making silly and bizarre claims. But when the conviction was read on Wednesday, he sat still with his head bowed down. The trial came less than a year after an 8-year-old boy and several members of the “Dancing Grannies” group were killed by driving a red SUV through a crowd at the Christmas Parade in Waukesha on November 21st. Brooks was released from prison in less than two weeks in a domestic violence case, and was later released on $1,000 bail, which prosecutors deemed “inappropriately low.” In that case, he is accused of attacking a woman who says she is the mother of her child. Prosecutors said in final pleadings on Tuesday that he deliberately drove through the crowd at considerable speed and beat 68 parade attendees, turning a pleasant afternoon into a dreadful one. ‘It was zooming in’: A man marching in a parade depicts an SUV plowing through the crowd “He reached a speed of about 30 mph. It’s intentional. He scoured 68 other people. 68. How can I hit one and continue? How can you hit it twice and keep going?” Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper said. “I must prove his intentions, and I present without a doubt the overwhelming evidence that this was the deliberate act of Darrell Brooks and a complete disregard for human life.” In her own final argument, Brooks tried to raise questions about the vehicle and his intentions. He has repeatedly said that he had “misunderstood” and “lied” about himself during his trial. “I’ve never heard of a person who intentionally injures someone by trying to blow the horn while trying to let people know he exists,” Brooks said. The jury resumed Wednesday morning after deliberation for less than two hours on Tuesday night. In short, a series of videos and eyewitnesses detailed the disturbing sights of SUVs running down the parade route. “The band just passed us. A red SUV … going 30 or 40 mph and just passed the Waukesha South (high school) band. Stop it.” And it didn’t stop, it went over. … It looked as if it were floating in the air. It was like flying over a fairly large object, like a big, old speed bump, and it went on and on.” According to prosecutors, the first person to be hit by Brooks’ vehicle was Nicole White. She suffered injuries to the spine and tailbone, and was He suffered a ligament injury in his knee, which White said: “I remember getting hit by a car from behind and then knelt down and fell under the car.” Brooks’ trial was a result of ongoing confusion and his unusual decision to defend himself in court. Throughout the trial he talked about prosecutors and judges, asked vague questions, challenged the jurisdiction of the courts, declared “Darrell Brooks” not his name Judge Jennifer Dorow repeatedly spoke of Brooks’ wrath They kicked him out of court and placed him in a nearby courtroom where he could be communicated via a monitor and microphone, most often muted.On Tuesday, after removing him for the prosecution’s closing plea for obstruction, she called him “obstinately defiant.” “He continues to disrespect the fact that the verdict has been reached, and he wants to argue and argue and argue that this court is already over.” The public defender withdrew the insanity allegation in September. The lawyers later filed an application to withdraw from the case, and the judge decided to allow Brooks to defend himself at trial. Prosecutor Opper said that the jury told the jury not to be distracted by Brooks’ actions during the trial: “Nothing against Darrell Brooks should be considered other than what he did in downtown Waukesha on the evening of November 21, 2021. “He hasn’t done anything before, and he hasn’t done anything since. When you return to the hearing room, submit to Judge Dorow. Limit comments on his actions on November 21st.”

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