Christmas parade killer found guilty — RT World News

Darrell Brooks was found guilty of six murder charges for plowing his SUV down a crowded Wisconsin street last November

A Wisconsin jury found Darrell Brooks guilty of six counts of first-degree homicide for driving his SUV through a crowded Christmas parade in the town of Waukesha last November. Brooks mounted a bizarre defense of himself in court, yelling at the judge and hiding behind a cardboard box at one point.

After three hours of deliberation, the jury found Brooks guilty on six counts of homicide, as well as 61 counts of reckless endangerment, six counts of fatal hit-and-run, two charges of jumping bail and of a domestic violence offence. He faces a mandatory life sentence.

Brooks – who was on bail the day of the massacre for hitting his girlfriend with the same vehicle – drove through a barricade and drove through the crowd for several blocks, killing six people and injuring 62. Brooks pleaded no guilty of all charges, and chose to defend himself as « sovereign citizen » or someone who refuses to recognize the authority of the legal system.

When the judge ruled that Brooks could not use such tactics, he switched to a more conventional defense, although he was in it on several occasions. incriminated by his own witnesses and engaged in extravagant behavior in the courtroom. Brooks was removed from the chamber several times for shouting and staring at the judge, refusing to recognize his own name and, at one point, building a « Strong strong to hide behind.

Brooks closed his case by saying his vehicle malfunctioned, though prosecutors countered that he could have easily pulled over when ordered to do so by parade police.

Brooks’ rampage came just two days after a jury in nearby Kenosha acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges in the murder of three men during the August 2020 Black Lives Matter protests that turned in riots. Conservative pundits have speculated the attack may have been a response to Rittenhouse’s verdict, particularly after it emerged that Brooks had a history of black and anti-white nationalist social media posts.

As Brooks’ sentence was read on Wednesday, a bystander was kicked out of the courtroom for shouting « burn in hell, you piece of shit. »

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