Darrell Brooks trial: Defendant disrupts court as jury selection begins in Waukesha Christmas parade attack

Waukesha Christmas parade shooting suspect Darrell Brooks was placed in a separate room Monday as the court tried to begin the jury selection process in a trial over his alleged November rampage that killed six and injured dozens of innocent revelers.

Brooks, now 40, allegedly plowed an SUV through a procession down Main Street in Waukesha last November, fatally striking six and injuring dozens more. He asked to represent himself last week.

The judge ordered him removed from court several times during the case, where Brooks complained about paperwork, claimed he didn’t recognize his own name and claimed to be a “sovereign citizen” not subject to the court’s jurisdiction, according to FOX 6 Milwaukee.

After another outburst, Judge Jennifer R. Dorow warned she would hold Brooks in contempt of court, and eventually Waukesha District Attorney Sue Opper suggested a deputy place Brooks in a gag, according to the station.

WAUKESHA ACCUSED CHRISTMAS PARADE KILLER DARRELL BROOKS argues with judge, wants to represent himself

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dorow addresses Darrell Brooks as he appears in a Waukesha County Circuit Court prior to jury selection in Waukesha, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. Brooks, who is representing himself at trial, is charged with hit and run in the Waukesha Christmas Parade last year killed six people and injured dozens more.  He faces six counts of first-degree intentional homicide and 71 other counts.  - Mike De Sisti / The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dorow addresses Darrell Brooks as he appears in a Waukesha County Circuit Court prior to jury selection in Waukesha, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. Brooks, who is representing himself at trial, is charged with hit and run in the Waukesha Christmas Parade last year killed six people and injured dozens more. He faces six counts of first-degree intentional homicide and 71 other counts. – Mike De Sisti / The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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“Obviously, this guy clearly has issues, and now you throw sovereign citizen issues on top of that. There’s really no way we’re going to see a typical jury trial,” Neama Rahmani, a former federal in Los Angeles. charges following the suit, Fox News Digital told Monday.

And Brooks’ antics could give him ammunition for a future appeal, Rahmani added.

Darrell Brooks appears in a Waukesha County Circuit Court during jury selection in Waukesha, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. Brooks, who is representing himself at trial, is accused of driving into the Waukesha Christmas Parade last year, killing six people and injuring dozens more.  He faces six counts of first-degree intentional homicide and 71 other counts.  - Mike De Sisti / The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Darrell Brooks appears in a Waukesha County Circuit Court during jury selection in Waukesha, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. Brooks, who is representing himself at trial, is accused of driving into the Waukesha Christmas Parade last year, killing six people and injuring dozens more. He faces six counts of first-degree intentional homicide and 71 other counts. – Mike De Sisti / The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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“It’s going to be really hard to try him in absentia because he’s representing himself,” he said. “It creates an appeal, an unnecessary appeal. He has a right to be present, but he obviously doesn’t have a right to act the way he is.”

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Dorow last week found Brooks fit to stand trial and allowed him to waive his right to have an attorney and represent himself — but Monday’s failure could lead to Brooks being deemed incompetent, at least temporarily , as happened in the case of Idaho “cult mother” Lori Vallow, whose trial saw months of delays as she underwent mental health treatment, Rahmani said.

But after a lunch break Monday, Brooks was again kicked out of the courtroom by an aggravated Dorow — twice more, FOX 6 reported.

“What a s—- show — Judge Dorow may have to appoint him a lawyer over his objection,” Rahmani said. “The only real issue Brooks raised is asking for more time to review the discovery he received last Friday. The court may have to grant that request.”

The six victims killed in the Waukesha parade attack were identified as Jackson Sparks, 8;  Tamara Durand, 52;  Jane Kulich, 52;  LeAnna Owen, 71;  Virginia Sorenson, 79;  and Wilhelm Hospel, 81.

The six victims killed in the Waukesha parade attack were identified as Jackson Sparks, 8; Tamara Durand, 52; Jane Kulich, 52; LeAnna Owen, 71; Virginia Sorenson, 79; and Wilhelm Hospel, 81.
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“Ultimately, her competency was restored,” he said. “It’s something that could be at issue here.”

Dorow did not allow the media to stream or broadcast the proceedings, and she limited news cameras to only 30 minutes of footage without sound. But FOX 6 reporter Bret Lemoine shared updates from the courtroom during several breaks.

The Wisconsin court attempted to select jurors for Brooks’ trial. Each of the top six charges, including first-degree intentional homicide, carries a sentence of life in prison without parole.

He initially pleaded not guilty by reason of mental defect, but reversed course, fired his public defenders and sought to represent himself.

From a prison visiting room after his arrest, Brooks told Fox News Digital he felt “dehumanized” and “demonized.”

Darrell Brooks appears via video from an adjacent courtroom after being removed by Judge Jennifer Dorow for continuous interruptions in Waukesha County Circuit Court during jury selection in Waukesha, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. Brooks, who is representing himself at trial, is charged for driving into the Waukesha Christmas Parade last year to kill six people and injure dozens more.  He faces six counts of first-degree intentional homicide and 71 other counts.  - Mike De Sisti / The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Darrell Brooks appears via video from an adjacent courtroom after being removed by Judge Jennifer Dorow for continuous interruptions in Waukesha County Circuit Court during jury selection in Waukesha, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. Brooks, who is representing himself at trial, is charged for driving into the Waukesha Christmas Parade last year to kill six people and injure dozens more. He faces six counts of first-degree intentional homicide and 71 other counts. – Mike De Sisti / The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
(Pool via Mike De Sisti/The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

WAUKESHA CHRISTMAS PARADE SUSPECT DARRELL BROOKS JR. RECEIVED $1G BAIL DESPITE RED FLAG WARNINGS, SHOW COURT DOCUMENTS

Brooks entered the attack with a 50-page rap sheet containing allegations stemming from multiple attacks on women and other family members, and he was released on $1,000 bail days earlier after allegedly beating an ex-girlfriend, broke her phone and ran. her over with the same SUV that was used in the parade attack.

According to police, he punched the same woman in the face before plowing through the parade.

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Brooks’ violent past stretches back to 1999, when he was charged and later convicted of aggravated assault with intent to cause great bodily harm.

This is a development story. Check back with Fox News Digital for updates.

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