Christmas parade massacre suspect pleads not guilty — Analysis
Darrell Brooks was cleared of 77 charges including six murders for his involvement in a Waukesha Christmas Parade.
On Friday, the man accused of killing 6 people and injuring 61 during a Waukesha Christmas Parade in November last year, pleaded guilty to all 77 charges.
The trial was also moved to another venue by his lawyers.
Darrell Brooks Jr. has been arrested for 75 felonies. He is also facing six charges of first-degree intentionally homicide. He pleaded guilty to each of the charges in a short appearance at Waukesha County court. The Waukesha County Court also heard that the defendant’s attorneys filed a motion seeking to change of venue. This request asked for an alternate jury.
Brooks remains in jail on a $5 million bail, set after the court found out he had a troubling history and had been released on a bail of only $1,000 just days before the November 21 carnage on Waukesha’s main street.
According to police and prosecutors, Brooks drove his SUV down the parade route and ran people over from the behind. Brooks attorney Anna Kees the public defender, argued that Brooks was not trying to kill anybody and could not shut down the parade route as all side streets were blocked.
Two days earlier, a Kenosha jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse from all charges related to the shooting deaths of three people during protests against Black Lives Matter in August 2020 that escalated into riots.
After public outcry, GoFundMe, a crowdfunding platform, shut down Brooks’ fundraiser in December to raise bail money. The man responsible for it was permanently barred by the company for violating its terms.
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