Waukesha parade attack suspect wants to represent himself at trial
WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- It's unclear who will represent the Waukesha Christmas parade attack suspect going forward.
A public defender representing Brooks filed a motion to withdraw attorneys Jeremy Perri and Anna Kees from the case.
CBS 58 obtained a copy of the motion filed Thursday. It states the defendant is requesting to represent himself.
This request comes days after the court finalized details for the upcoming trial.
A legal expert told CBS 58 it's not uncommon for a defendant to request to represent themselves, but this one was a little out of the blue.
Kim said there's a couple of ways Judge Jennifer Dorow could handle the motion.
She could grant it.
She could dismiss it.
Kim said there are other possibilities, including a stand-by or hybrid counsel.
"Essentially, sit next to him and answer any questions he may have along the way," Kim said.
If Dorow allows Brooks to represent himself, he would be given the responsibilities of a defense lawyer, meaning he'd be a part of jury selection, he'd make opening and closing statements, and he would examine and cross examine witnesses.
A hearing to discuss Brooks' request is scheduled for Sept. 27.
Brooks' trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 3rd.