By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
WASHINGTON (Worthy News) – A man who killed six people and injured scores of others when driving his sports utility vehicle through a Christmas parade in the U.S. state of Wisconsin has been found guilty of murder.
Darrell E. Brooks Jr. Brooks, 40, steered his red SUV into marching musicians, dancers, and children along a central Waukesha city avenue, not slowing down or avoiding “Waukesha” Wisconsin’s annual parade, the jury established in court.
The Wisconsin jury found Brooks guilty of first-degree intentional homicide during the November 2021 attack after a three-week trial.
He faces mandatory life imprisonment on the six charges of “first-degree intentional murder” and dozens of charges of “reckless endangerment” and hit-and-run.
The announcement came at the end of an emotionally charged trial that deeply impacted survivors and loved ones of victims. “Burn in hell,” a person in the audience shouted at Brooks, adding an explicit before being removed from the courtroom on orders of the judge.
The shouting erupted as the first guilty verdict, out of a total of 76 counts, was read out.
The incident happened as tensions remain high in the Midwestern state after a high-profile acquittal in the racially charged trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two people. The shootings occurred during Black Lives Matter protests in nearby Kenosha in August 2020.
A jury found Rittenhouse not guilty of murder and other charges after he testified that he acted in self-defense.
But there were no indications that Brooks, an African-American, had political motivations when he crashed his car into the crowd.
His family said he had a history of mental health problems. Brooks also had a record of arrests in various states for charges including assault and domestic abuse.
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