The driver of the red SUV in the Waukesha parade tragedy, Darrell Brooks, spoke for the first time since he killed six people on Sunday, November 21, 2021.
He is currently being held at the Waukesha County Jail on a $5 million dollar bond. He joined a virtual Milwaukee court conference via phone.
When a county clerk replied if he could hear, Brooks replied, “Yes.”
However, that was the only word that he spoke throughout the brief video conference. He was also the only participant to join the conversation remotely.
According to Fox News, today’s hearing was made at the request of Brooks’ lawyer, Joseph Domask. Domask requested that he wished to withdraw from the case because he had “too many relationships” with people that were injured in the attack.
Over sixty people were injured in the violence, and seven children are still hospitalized. According to Children’s Wisconsin Hospital, three are in serious condition, three are in fair condition, and one is in good condition. One child was released over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Joseph Domask Steps Down As Darrell Brooks’ Lawyer
Judge David Feiss has allowed Domask to withdraw from two cases. Domask represented Brooks in a previous incident on November 2 when he allegedly punched the mother of his child in the face and ran her over with his car at a gas station, leaving tire marks on her legs.
Brooks posted the $1,000 dollar bail only days before he crashed through parade barricades, never slowing as he struck down dancers and performers in his path. Brooks was allegedly fleeing from a domestic disturbance involving a knife; however, he was reportedly not being pursued by police at that time.
Domask was also representing him for a case in July 2020 when Brooks allegedly shot at his nephew.
Brooks has a decades-long criminal history that includes multiple felony charges, firearm and battery convictions, and drug charges. He is also a registered sex offender after he was convicted of raping and impregnating a 15-year-old girl in 2006.
Brooks has been charged with six counts of intentional homicide after an 8-year-old boy passed away on Tuesday. He is being represented by a different lawyer for the parade attack.
President Biden Will Not Visit Waukesha Victims
As The Blast reported earlier today, President Joe Biden has no plans to visit Waukesha, Wisconsin, at this time.
According to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, they do not want to take away community resources with a visit from the President.
“As you saw the president convey last week, our hearts go out to this community, to the people in Waukesha that we’ve been in touch, obviously, with officials there,” she stated. “We’re all watching as people are recovering, and this is such a difficult time of year for this to happen. It’s difficult any time.”
She continued, “It’s not something that I have a trip to preview at this point in time. But we remain in touch with local officials and, certainly, our hearts are with the community as they’ve gone through such a difficult time.”