Darrell Brooks trial continues with more testimony – KION546

By WDJT staff

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WAUKESHA, Wisconsin (WDJT) – Defendant Darrell Brooks appeared emotionally in court Friday after a day of testimony about the incidents leading up to the Waukesha Christmas Parade. “I’m doing my best to hold it all together, considering how this day has been,” Brooks said.

Brooks is accused of killing six people and injuring dozens more when he allegedly drove an SUV through the Waukesha Christmas Parade route.

Just before the fatal attack, the mother of Brooks’ 15-year-old daughter said the defendant punched her, causing the left side of her face to swell.

“Like his open hand, but it was tough,” Erika Patterson said of how Brooks punched her during her testimony.

Patterson said Brooks got into a fight with her friends before she got into her car and drove off.

“He just left very angry. He just left quickly. He was furious that they called the cops,” Patterson said.

Waukesha Police Officer Jeremy Philipps testified that he responded to the Frame Park incident involving Patterson.

“His face was swollen. There were obvious bruises on it,” Brooks said.

Dashcam video, later removed from evidence for violation of a pretrial ruling, shows Philipps taking Patterson’s statement as his radio shouted calls to return to Main St.

“It was to say that there were subjects in the street. There were 10 people down, then 15, then 30 or 40,” Philipps said.

Philipps said he answered the call for help.

“It was just mass chaos, carnage everywhere,” Philipps said.

Two witnesses said they saw a red SUV near a gas station before later watching it drive through the parade route.

“As soon as it happened, about ten seconds later, I froze and said to my mom who was with me, I just saw this guy at the gas station, and it clicked that it was the same person,” Holly Berg said.

Brooks admitted he wasn’t ready for cross-examination, and he told the judge he was fine.

Once the state completes its case, Brooks will then present its opening statement.

The trial will continue Monday, beginning with Brooks’ cross-examination of Det. Tom Casey who spoke on Friday.

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Elna M. Lemons