Darrell Brooks Jr Waukesha Christmas Parade Takeout Day 4

WAUKESHA – Almost a year after the Attack on the Waukesha Christmas Parade rocked the city, and after days of disruptions and delays, the trial of the suspect charged in the incident has begun.

After hours of further questioning, including jury instructions, opening statements finally began at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, leading into testimony Friday.

Barely did Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow give Day 4 of The 76-count criminal trial of Darrell Brooks Jr. in session had Brooks began a series of interruptions and protests.

It all erupted as she tried to figure out why he chose to wear his bright orange prison clothes, and not the suit or other street clothes he had access to.

After more than a dozen interruptions, he was again moved to a nearby courtroom.

When he appeared on video from that courtroom 15 minutes later, his shirt was off with his back to the camera. Dorow explained that he also pulled off a shoe, looked like he wanted to throw it away, and then threatened to smash things.

In his submissions, Dorow again explained the legal basis for his removal from court.

She also warned that his conduct, if he continued the “chaos” in front of the jurors, would be at his own risk in his defense.

Opening statements have not started yet

Despite draft opening statements to lead Thursday’s proceedings, by mid-afternoon neither side had even begun them following Brooks’ exchanges with Dorow.

Waukesha County District Attorney Sue Opper previously said prosecutors will take five to seven days to present their case. It’s unclear how long Brooks would take to present his own defense.

Brooks, 40, faces 76 counts related to the Attack on the Waukesha Christmas Parade on November 21, 2021, which left six people dead and dozens injured.

Darrell Brooks Jr. sits in another courtroom after being evicted again Thursday for continually interrupting Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow.  At one point he took off his shirt and threw away his shoe.

DA insists Brooks is competent to stand trial and act as his own attorney

Opper again asserted that she was confident that Brooks was fit to stand trial and that her behavior should only be viewed as a delaying tactic.

“At no time did anyone in this case have a jurisdictional issue,” Opper said, noting professional and observational clues to his mental state, including monitored phone calls he’s made from the prison showing a lucid state of mind.

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