The alleged killer of six at the Waukesha Christmas parade last year in Wisconsin went on a long courtroom rant Thursday morning, mocking the victims and demanding that his case be dismissed.
The accused, 40-year-old Darrell Brooks, fired his public defenders and is representing himself in court. He is accused of killing six people and injuring dozens more while ramming his car through the parade.
On Thursday, he argued that his case should be dropped because no victims were in court to face him.
In his tirade, Brooks asked, “where is the injured party? Is the injured party present in court right now?” The defendant, who has no legal training, added, “can anyone, can anyone make a claim against me?”
After repeating the question, Brooks told Judge Jennifer Durow that there was no injured party in the case and therefore, “the motion to dismiss should be granted.”
After going on for nearly an hour, the judge cut him off. Part of his tirade included arguments that he was a “sovereign citizen.”
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Brooks faces 76 felony and misdemeanor charges that include six counts of first-degree intentional homicide. He allegedly drove his Ford Escape into the Wisconsin crowd last Nov. 21, striking dozens of holiday celebrants and killing six. One of the fatalities was an eight-year-old boy.
In an interview last year, the defendant said that he was “dehumanized” and “demonized” after the attack.
Acting as his own counsel, the Milwaukee man cross-examined witnesses and called their credibility into question. His courtroom antics have been so disruptive that Judge Dorow several times has ordered him taken out.
One of the witnesses cross-examined by Brooks was Laura Thein, a member of the “Dancing Grannies” group that lost four members to the rampage. She testified that she saw his red SUV hit several people in the parade.
She described the scene of bodies on the ground as “a war.”
Brooks asked her if she saw the driver, to which she replied that she does not “have eyes in the back of my head.”
Before this incident, Fox News reported that Brooks had a 50-page rap sheet that included several assaults on women and family members. He’d been released on a $1,000 bail for beating up an ex-girlfriend just days before the parade attack.