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UPDATE 12:52 PM PT – Tuesday, November 30, 2021
The attorney representing the man who allegedly plowed down his SUV during the Waukesha Christmas Parade has withdrawn from the case citing a conflict of interest.
During a virtual hearing on Tuesday, attorney Joseph Domask asked the judge to be removed from his status as the legal representative for 39-year-old Darrell Brooks. He told the judge he had too many ties to the victims of the November 29 attack.
The attorney also represented Brooks in another case in which he allegedly ran after his ex-girlfriend. The judge also removed him from that case. Meanwhile, it remains unclear who will replace the attorney.
After his initial court appearance, the judge ordered Brooks to be detained for $5 million while citing his lengthy criminal record and history of skydiving. Additionally, prosecutors said the suspect intentionally tried to hit as many people as possible as he plowed his SUV through the crowd at the parade.
The mayor of Waukesha spoke about the aftermath of the tragic Christmas parade, saying the road to healing after the tragic incident would be a long and difficult one. During a virtual conference, Mayor Shawn Reilly said it was unfortunate that the parade the city had proudly hosted for decades for both residents and visitors had now been tarnished.
“This is a parade… this is part of the fabric of Waukesha and it is horrifying to know that something like one of our beloved traditions has been turned into this,” he said. .
With the first confirmed death of a child, Reilly expressed he has no doubt Brooks will receive the maximum sentence for his actions.
The mayor said: “I believe he will spend the rest of his life in prison. “Based on what I know of this, I can’t imagine anything other than that happening.”
However, Reilly reiterated and emphasized how difficult the healing process will be, especially for those who have lost loved ones in the tragic incident.
“This is something that all of our police departments will think about now and in the future,” he continued. “We know it won’t be easy, it will take a long time. I mean, if you lost your mom, right now I’m going to tell you that next year on that exact day, it’s going to be a tough day. “
Despite the tragedy, Reilly continued to express her gratitude with words of encouragement from around the world.
“There was a lot of support,” he said. “You know, it warms your heart to know that people are saying, ‘We support your community. We feel for you. ‘”
Brooks faces six counts of attempted murder. His next court appearance is set for November.
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