(News Nation) — A jury has reached a verdict in the trial for the Waukesha, Wisconsin, Christmas Parade murders. Daryl Brooks, Jr. has been found guilty on all six counts of murder.
Six people were killed and more than 60 injured after an SUV drove into a Christmas parade in Waukesha.
Brooks was charged with six counts of murder and 61 accounts of reckless endangerment. Every murder carries a mandatory life sentence. Each charge of reckless endangerment carries a maximum prison sentence of 17 and a half years.
Prosecutors said Brooks acted with intent when he committed the crime.
Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Ober focused on Brooks’ intent during her closing arguments as Brooks’ month-long trial concluded. She said his failure to stop after hitting the first person on the show shows that he intended to kill people.
Brooks initially pleaded not guilty to mental illness but withdrew his petition in September without explanation. Instead, he chose to represent himself.
Brooks’ actions were wrong during the trial. He took off his shirt and refused to answer his name and spoke with the judge. Several times, the judge asked the bailiffs to move him to another courtroom where he could watch the proceedings via video, but she could mute his microphone when it became noisy.
During his closing arguments, Brooks attempted to argue that the SUV had been pulled. When the prosecutor objected, he indicated that the driver might have panicked.
He didn’t fully acknowledge that he was the driver, but said that at night when he’s alone in his cell, he often asks questions about how “this” happened. But he never asks himself if “this” was intentional because he knows it wasn’t. He did not explain what he was referring to by “this.”