Judge tells accused Waukesha Parade killer to ‘stop playing games’ at final hearing

A Wisconsin judge on Tuesday told the man accused of killing six people in Waukesha’s Christmas parade last year ‘to stop playing games’ as the suspect expressed his intention to defend himself during of the trial.

Darrel Brooks, 40, faces 77 counts — including six counts of first-degree intentional homicide — for the horrific car bombing at Wisconsin’s annual town parade in November 2021. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

“I would like to represent myself,” Brooks told Waukesha County Judge Jennifer Dorow.

Dorow asked Brooks what that meant to him, to which he replied “Again, because I’ve said it publicly before, representing myself as a sovereign citizen.”

However, Brooks has repeatedly stated that he does not understand “the nature and cause of the charges,” WISN reported, prompting the judge to seek a stay.

He reportedly told the judge he didn’t understand he was facing criminal charges in Waukesha County.

Darrel Brooks faces 77 counts, including six counts of intentional homicide.

“I cannot conclude at this stage that you understand what you are charged with in the nature of these proceedings,” she said.

The judge told him to “stop playing games,” as Brooks laughed.

She read her accusations back to him and he kept repeating that he didn’t understand the charges and penalties he was facing, telling Dorow “that’s a lot of numbers”.

The accused killer also insisted he was a “presumed” defendant in the case, prompting a testy correction from Dorow. He also questioned why the state of Wisconsin was the plaintiff against him, while declining to answer several other questions.

An SUV speeds past before hurtling into a crowd of people during a Christmas parade in Waukesha
Brooks is charged with killing six people and injuring more than 60 others in the November 2021 attack in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Darrell Brooks in court
Brooks argued with Waukesha County Judge Jennifer Dorow on Tuesday. His trial is due to begin next week.
by Reuters

“You’ve demonstrated through this hearing that you don’t have a basic understanding of some of the things that are going on,” she told Brooks.

Brooks asked for a break and told his attorneys, who have not yet been officially released, that if Brooks continues to interrupt and refuse to follow instructions, the hearing will end.

After the break, Dorow told Brooks he had until 9 a.m. Wednesday morning to file a form asking to be his own attorney.

“At this point, sir, I cannot grant the request as I cannot conclude that you understand what is going on,” she said.

Last month, Brooks was escorted out of court after an outburst during a preliminary hearing.

Brooks’ trial is scheduled to begin next Monday, October 3.

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