Judge delays ruling on parade suspect’s self-representation

FILE - Darrell Brooks Jr. appears in Waukesha County Court on Aug. 25, 2022, in Waukesha, Wis....
FILE - Darrell Brooks Jr. appears in Waukesha County Court on Aug. 25, 2022, in Waukesha, Wis. Brooks is accused of killing six people and injuring dozens more when he drove an SUV through a suburban Christmas parade. A Wisconsin judge deferred a decision Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, on whether Brooks can represent himself at trial, after the suspect said he doesn't understand the charges against him or how the state can prosecute him. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, Pool, File)(Mark Hoffman | AP)
Published: Sep. 27, 2022 at 6:58 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2022 at 8:18 PM CDT
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WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin judge is holding off on deciding whether a man accused of killing six people and injuring dozens more when he allegedly drove his SUV through a Christmas parade can represent himself at trial.

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow cut short a hearing Tuesday on whether to grant Darrell Brooks’ request after a combative exchange in which Brooks insisted he didn’t understand the 77 charges against him, that he could face hundreds of years in prison or how the state can legally prosecute him.

“Did you hear me tell you about the penalties for hit-and-run resulting in death?” Judge Dorow asked.

“I don’t understand the nature and the cause of the charges,” Brooks answered.

“But that’s not my question, Sir, so stop playing games with me right now.”

The judge seemed frustrated most of the afternoon, with the back-and-forth with Brooks going on for some 90 minutes.

“I cannot grant the request because I cannot make a finding that you understand what’s going on.... You can roll your eyes all you want. I’m done.”

Dorow finally handed him a packet of documents outlining trial administration and gave him until Wednesday morning to decide if he still wants to represent himself.