Waukesha Christmas parade attack: Jury begins deliberations in Darrell Brooks trial

Jury deliberations began Tuesday evening in the trial of Darrell Brooks Jr., who is accused of killing six people and injuring dozens more during a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Judge Jennifer Dorow gave jurors five to six hours of verbal instructions before closing arguments began Tuesday. Dorow excused jurors for deliberations at 18.24 according to FOX 6.

Dorow said the jury could deliberate “as long as they want” until Tuesday night.

On Tuesday, the jury requested to see three exhibits: the map showing the location of the victims and police officers during the attack, a photo of Erika Patterson, who is Brooks’ ex-girlfriend, and surveillance video showing members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies were hit with the SUV in the November 21, 2021 attack.

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Brooks objected to any request for evidence from the jury, but Dorow allowed them to review the evidence.

The jury broke for the night shortly after 8:00 p.m

Dorow ordered six recesses before the lunch break, mostly due to Brooks’ behavior in the courtroom.

After the first five-minute break Tuesday, Brooks spoke about the case’s jurisdiction and was eventually taken to an adjacent courtroom, where a feed of Brooks would be streamed to the main courtroom to avoid interruptions.

In several attempts to get Dorow’s attention, Brooks would wave her hands, but Dorow said she would continue with jury instructions and address Brooks later.

During closing arguments, District Attorney Sue Opper summarized the 76 counts brought against Brooks.

“His intent I have to prove and I submit without a doubt that there is overwhelming evidence that this was a deliberate act by Darrell Brooks and an act of complete disregard for human life,” Opper said.

Opper continued, stating that “Not one person had to get hurt that day if he had just stopped driving.”

During Brooks’ closing argument, he said the jury has “the power to nullify any law that you don’t agree with,” which Dorow asked jurors to ignore.

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Darrell Brooks argues with County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dorow as jurors are brought in during his appearance in a Waukesha County Circuit Court during jury selection in Waukesha, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. Brooks, who is representing himself in the trial, is charged with drive 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.

Darrell Brooks argues with County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dorow as jurors are brought in during his appearance in a Waukesha County Circuit Court during jury selection in Waukesha, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. Brooks, who is representing himself in the trial, is charged with drive 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.
(Pool via Mike De Sisti/The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

“Good day. It’s been a long day. First of all, I want to start by telling you that there is a lot of information that I think you should be familiar with, and one thing that I think you have not been privy to is the truth about your rights and your duties as a jury. The fact that you and you alone have the power, not well-prepared DAs with well-prepared and clearly rehearsed speeches, exhibits, a lot of theatrics. Frankly, not the judge. You and you alone have the power. You and you alone decide what is truth and what is not truth,” Brooks said.

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“It’s hard to hold everything together emotionally and honestly I don’t think I have any more tears left. It’s been a tough year for the families for the most part and that shouldn’t be lost on anyone and it should don’t be. taken away. I said it before and I’ll say it again. There are a lot of people who are healers who are trying to heal,” he continued.

The juries will resume deliberations on Wednesday.

Fox News’ Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.

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