Attack on Waukesha Christmas Parade: Jury enters deliberation in Darrell Brooks trial

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

Judge Jennifer Dorow gave jurors five to six hours of verbal instructions before the start of oral arguments on Tuesday. Dorow excused the jurors for deliberations at 6:24 p.m., according to FOX 6.

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

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

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Brooks opposed each request for evidence from the jury, but Dorow allowed them to examine the evidence.

The jury rose for the night shortly after 8 p.m.

Dorow ordered six suspensions before the lunch break, which were primarily due to Brooks’ conduct in the courtroom.

After the first five-minute break on Tuesday, Brooks spoke about jurisdiction in the matter and was eventually taken to an adjacent courtroom where a stream of Brooks would be shown in the main courtroom to avoid interruptions.

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

During closing arguments, District Attorney Sue Opper summarized the 76 accounts which are filed against Brooks.

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

Opper went on to state that “Not a single person should have been hurt that day if he had just stopped driving.”

During Brooks’ closing argument, he said the jury had “the power to strike down any law you disagree with,” which Dorow told the jurors to ignore.

DARRELL BROOKS TRIAL: DEFENDANT DISTURBS COURT AS JURY SELECTION BEGINS IN WAUKESHA CHRISTMAS PARADE ATTACK

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 on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. Brooks, who is representing himself during the trial, is accused of driving in 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.
(Pool via Mike De Sisti/The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

“Good afternoon. It’s been a long day. First of all, I would like to start by letting you know that there is a lot of information that you should be aware of, I believe, and one thing that I believe that you were not told is the truth of your rights and duties as a jury. The fact that you, and you alone, have the power, not well-prepared prosecutors with well-prepared and clearly rehearsed speeches, exhibits, a lot of Frankly, not the judge. You and you alone have the power. You and you alone decide what’s true and what isn’t,” Brooks said.

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“It’s hard to keep it all together emotionally, and honestly, I don’t believe I have any more tears left. It’s been a tough year for families, mainly, and that shouldn’t be lost on anyone, and it shouldn’t be lost on anyone. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There’s a lot of people who are healing, trying to heal,” he continued.

The jurors will resume deliberations on Wednesday.

Fox News’ Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.

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