Darrell Brooks Jr represents himself in Christmas parade crash trial | USA TODAY

The man charged with driving through a 2021 Christmas parade is on trial for killing six people and injuring dozens of others.

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Darrell Brooks Jr., who waived his right to an attorney and has been representing himself in a monthlong trial filled with disruptions and outbursts, said the incident was not premeditated. “This incident was not planned. This incident was not intentional. This incident was never even thought about,” Brooks told the jury.

Brooks, 40, of Milwaukee, is charged with six counts of first-degree intentional homicide, 61 counts of recklessly endangering safety, six counts of hit-and-run causing death, two counts of bail jumping — all felonies in connection to the parade tragedy — and one count of misdemeanor battery.

Brooks was visibly emotional as he talked about the impact to the families of victims, the community of Waukesha and his own family. He removed the face mask he has donned for most of the trial so the jury could “see me for who I am, no mask.”

“There’s always two sides to every story,” he said. “There’s only been one side told to this story.”

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