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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

USA: Charges against suspect in hit-and-run dismissed

Prosecutors charged Thursday with the trial of a Wisconsin man charged with killing six people and injuring dozens when he allegedly took part in a Christmas parade with his truck. Prosecutors told the judge they were tired of the suspect questioning his morality as he fights to defend himself without the help of lawyers.

Darrell Brooks faces 76 charges, including six murders, in connection with the November 21 incident in Waukesha, a suburb of Milwaukee. According to investigators, the man had a fight with his ex-girlfriend and took his vehicle on the parade route. He was expected to deliver the inaugural address on Thursday afternoon.

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Brooks made the unusual decision of sacking his public defenders earlier this month, just days before his trial began and decided to represent himself. Brooks has a high school equivalency diploma, but no legal training.

District Attorney Susan Opper called several police officers and parade goers to the stand who testified that Brooks was behind the wheel of a van that weaved through the parade. Brooks has spent much of the process challenging almost every question, prosecutors presenting witnesses, engaging in several hours of cross-examination, holding under his breath that the trial is not fair, and the Waukesha County Circuit. The judge is arguing with Jennifer Douro.

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Things went south on Thursday morning, just before District Attorney Susan Opper presented her case. Brooks was furious when Opper released a rap video featuring Brooks as he was standing in front of the truck, with prosecutors attempting to connect the man to the vehicle.

Brooks argued that Opper showed him the video without telling him that it might have been part of the evidence. He also complained that Opper and other prosecutors have been quietly laughing at him since the trial began.

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