Man Accused in Fatal Wisconsin Parade Attack Withdraws Plea

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
September 10, 2022US News
Man Accused in Fatal Wisconsin Parade Attack Withdraws Plea
Darrell Brooks Jr. (L) speaks with his attorney Jeremy Perri, during a jury status hearing in Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wis., on Sept. 9, 2022. (Scott Ash/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

WAUKESHA, Wis.—A man accused of killing six people and injuring dozens of others by driving an SUV through a Christmas parade in Wisconsin last year withdrew his insanity plea Friday.

Darrell Brooks Jr., 40, appeared in Waukesha County Circuit Court where he’s facing nearly 80 charges, including six homicide counts, in connection with the Nov. 21 incident in Waukesha. Brooks had changed his not guilty plea to not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect in June.

crime scene in Waukesha
Debris litters the street at a crime scene in Waukesha, Wis., on Nov. 21, 2021. (Jim Vondruska/Getty Images)

Brooks offered little explanation for his decision when questioned by Judge Jennifer Dorow, saying, “I have my own reasons why.” He confirmed he had discussed the change with his attorneys.

After the announcement on the plea change, the defense asked that the jury status hearing for Friday be rescheduled. The judge agreed and pushed the hearing to Sept. 19.

Last month, Dorow refused a defense motion to have the case against Brooks dismissed because of a July search of the defendant’s jail cell. Investigators and prosecutors were looking for information related to Brooks’ recent decision to change his plea.

His attorneys say the warrant for the search was deficient and that the action violated Brooks’ attorney-client privilege.

In denying the motion, Dorow said the paperwork seized, photocopied, and return to the jail cell was not privileged material.

Dorow also rejected a motion to suppress some statements Brooks made to investigators after defense attorneys argued that he continued to be questioned after stating he wished to invoke his right to remain silent.

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