Lawyers for Waukesha Christmas Parade suspect change petition, claiming mental health issues played a role in tragedy. CNN



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accused person’s lawyer Driving an SUV through the Christmas Parade In Waukesha, Wisconsin, the court changed its plea on Monday, saying mental health issues played a role in the crash.

Darrell Brooks40, originally pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of first-degree willful manslaughter after the November 21, 2021, tragedy that killed six people and injured more than 60 others.

His lawyers have now entered a special plea of ​​not guilty by reason of mental illness or defect, requesting an evaluation by a doctor. Waukesha County Judge Jennifer Dorow said the court would appoint doctors to evaluate Brooks.

Douro indicated that she would select doctors proposed by state prosecution and defense teams. She will reserve whether a third doctor is necessary.

Brooks’ attorneys – Jeremy Perry and Anna Keys – also filed a motion on Monday requesting the trial be moved, claiming they would not receive a fair trial due to the amount of media attention surrounding the case. Brooks’ lawyers also claimed that several potential jurors were personally influenced by the case and may not be admissible in court.

CNN has reached out to Brooks’ attorneys for comment, but has yet to receive a response.

Douro announced Monday that a change of venue was not required, but provided an indexed jury to Brooks. In his decision, Douro insists Waukesha County is not a Waukesha city, citing 2021 census data that shows Waukesha County is home to more than 400,000 people, while Waukesha City has a population of over 71,000.

According to Waukesha County court records, Brooks’ trial is scheduled to begin on October 3.