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Judge Jennifer Dorow denied the Waukesha massacre suspect’s motion to change venues during a hearing on Monday afternoon, stating that the pre-trial publicity does not prevent suspect Darrell Brooks Jr. from receiving a fair trial.
Brooks’s lawyers requested that the trial be moved out of Waukesha County on grounds that the highly publicized incident would impact the selected jurors, thus jeopardizing their client from receiving a fair trial.
Brooks Jr. pleaded not guilty to all 77 charges laid against him in Feb., including 6 counts of first-degree intentional homicide. He has been held in jail on a $5 million bail since his arrest while awaiting trial.
The courts have said that there is ample evidence against Brooks, as well as testimony from police detective Thomas Casey, who described how Brooks plowed into citizens even after some yelled at him to stop. Brooks allegedly “zigzagged” across the street “for blocks” at the family event.
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