WAUKESHA, WI, October 26, 2022 – A jury found Darrell Brooks guilty on all counts in the Waukesha Christmas parade attack that took place Nov. 21, 2021. Brooks most likely knew that he was going to prison for the rest of his life, but used the judiciary system to create a documentary of his life at the expense of the deceased and those who were injured.
This, after a more than three-week trial that was, perhaps, unlike any other we’ve seen. Brooks was convicted of all 76 counts, including six counts of first-degree intentional homicide.
Judge Jennifer Dorow polled the jury, and each of them confirmed the verdicts as read in court were true. When the judge asked Brooks if he was satisfied with the polling, he said no. The court accepted the verdicts and entered judgment of convictions on all counts. Dorow thanked the jury for its service, and discharged its members.
Dorow said the court will revoke bond for Brooks, who never posted the $5 million sum. The parties will be brought back Monday, Oct. 31 to schedule his sentencing. The judge said she will allow people to appear via Zoom.
Brooks initially faced 83 charges in the case. Before trial, in late August, Waukesha County Judge Jennifer Dorow sided with the defense and struck Counts 78-83 (six counts of homicide by vehicle, use of a controlled substance). The judge ruled there cannot be multiple punishments for the same crime.
On Sept. 30, Count 77, misdemeanor battery/domestic abuse, was dismissed by prosecutors.
The 76 charges Brooks was tried on included six counts of first-degree intentional homicide for the six people killed. Heading into the trial, we knew that just one homicide conviction could put Brooks behind bars for life.
The state began laying out its case-in-chief Thursday, Oct. 6, working to prove that Darrell Brooks was behind the wheel of the red Ford Escape that drove through the Waukesha Christmas Parade route on Nov. 21, 2021, killing six and injuring more than 60. Prosecutors called 57 witnesses over 11 days.
Prosecutors tried to convince the jury that Brooks, in rage after a fight with Erika Patterson, his ex, at Frame Park, barreled through the parade in his red SUV, hitting people and not stopping.
Brooks was arrested shortly after the attack. Prosecutors say he showed up at a nearby home, banging on the door, asking for a ride. The SUV was parked nearby.
Witnesses for the prosecution included law enforcement and first responders — some who were at the parade as civilians with their families. One police officer gave testimony about how he fired his service weapon at the red SUV, trying to get it to stop. Other police officers gave testimony about the speed of the SUV, one saying his speed analysis allowed him to come to the conclusion that the SUV was traveling between 33 and 34 miles per hour in the 25 mph zone (when there’s not a parade going on). A State Patrol accident reconstructionist said the SUV’s “average” speed on Main Street past Clinton was 32 miles per hour.
Source: Fox 6 Wisconsin