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Judge loses it on Waukesha parade killer during latest hearing

Judge loses it on Waukesha parade killer during latest hearing

A Wisconsin judge loses it on Waukesha parade killer Darrel Brooks, 40, during the latest hearing on Tuesday. The judge told Brooks, accused of killing six people at last year’s Waukesha Christmas parade to “stop playing games.” This happened when Brooks said that he intended to defend himself at trial.


Brooks is facing 77 charges, including six counts of first-degree intentional homicide. This is for the horrible vehicular attack at the Wisconsin city’s annual parade in November 2021. He entered a not guilty plea to the charges.

“I would like to represent myself,” Brooks said before Judge Jennifer Dorow of Waukesha County.

When Dorow questioned what it meant to him, Brooks responded, “Again, because I’ve already said it on the record, to represent myself as a sovereign citizen.”


But Brooks repeatedly argued that he didn’t comprehend “the nature and purpose of the charges.” This led the court to call for a recess.

He allegedly informed the judge that he did not realize he was facing criminal charges in Waukesha County.

“In the nature of these proceedings, I cannot make a finding that you understand what you’re charged with,” she added.

As Brooks laughed, the judge yelled at him to “stop playing games.”

She read him his charges again, and he repeated that he does not understand the charges and punishments he faces, telling Dorow that “it’s a lot of numbers.”


Dorow was irritated when the accused killer argued that he was only an “alleged” defendant in the case. He also questioned why the State of Wisconsin was the plaintiff in his case. This is while refusing to answer a number of other questions.

She informed Brooks, “You have shown through this hearing that you don’t have a fundamental knowledge of some of the things that are going on.”

Judge Jennifer Dorow denied Brooks’ request on Tuesday

Then, Brooks announced a pause and told his lawyers—who have not yet been formally dismissed—that the hearing would finish if they continued to interrupt and disobey orders.

After the break, Dorow instructed Brooks to submit paperwork asking to act as his own attorney by Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.

At this time, she stated, “Sir, I cannot grant the request because I cannot determine if you comprehend what is happening.”

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Earlier this month, Brooks was escorted from the courtroom when he lost his temper at a pretrial hearing. The trial for Brooks is set to start on Monday, October 3.

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