Darrell Brooks trial: Mother injured in Waukesha Christmas parade attack testifies

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022
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Kelly Grabow, a mother injured during the Waukesha Christmas parade attack, was the first witness to testify Tuesday in the Darrell Brooks trial.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (WLS) -- A mother injured during the Waukesha Christmas parade attack was the first witness to testify Tuesday in the Darrell Brooks trial.

Brooks is accused of driving a vehicle into the parade route, hitting several people and killing six. Kelly Grabow was one of those hurt. Both she and her daughter were hit that day.

"After I realized what just happened, I jumped up and took off running to go find her, and I seen her in the middle of the road," Grabow said. "Her shoes were down the road, as well as her glasses."

The Waukesha parade attack trial began Monday with an apology from Brooks to the judge.

"I owe you your honor and the court an apology and I am going to stand up as a man and tell the whole court, I apologize, and the bailiffs that I apologize for my actions," Brooks said. "That is not how I was raised."

The jury heard testimony from several witnesses for the state Monday, including Thomas Green, the father of two victims who were injured at the parade, as well as parade attendees and first responders.

Friday was an emotional day in court.

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Brooks' ex-girlfriend testified about a violent encounter she says she had with him on the same day of the parade.

The jury also saw graphic police dash-cam video of the scene.

Brooks previously pleaded not guilty by insanity. His public defenders withdrew that plea last month.

The attorneys later withdrew from the case and Brooks has decided to represent himself in court.

Brooks, who has no legal training, is representing himself at the trial. He has repeatedly disrupted the court proceedings with defiant and outlandish behavior.

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More testimony is expected on Wednesday. You can watch a livestream of the trial on ABC7Chicago.com.