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Lawyer for Waukesha parade ‘killer’ Darrell Brooks moves to withdraw from the case

Joe Domask (pictured) has filed a motion to withdraw from Darrell Brooks’ cases in Milwaukee

Waukesha parade ‘killer’ Darrell Brooks’ lawyer has moved to withdraw from his Milwaukee cases due to a ‘conflict of interest’ over his ‘relationships and familiarities’ with the Waukesha victims’ families. 

Attorney Joe Domask, who represented Brooks in Milwaukee for allegedly shooting at his nephew and driving over his ex-girlfriend, filed the motion on November 23, court documents revealed. 

Domask did not represent Brooks in the Waukesha case where the 39-year-old is accused of mowing down crowds at the Waukesha Christmas Parade, killing six and leaving dozens injured. In that case, the suspect remains represented by public defenders Jeremy Perri and Anna Kees.   

In his motion, Domask claimed he would have to withdraw due to his ‘direct and indirect’ relationships with the Waukesha ‘families, groups, organizations, and the communities affected’ by Brooks’ actions and that it has ‘created concurrent conflict of interest’ in the Milwaukee case, the motion revealed. 

Domask claimed his ‘familiarities’ with those close to the victims pose a ‘significant risk’ that his ‘representation’ of Brooks, 39, would be ‘materially limited’ because of his ‘personal interest in and concern’ for those affected. 

‘It is very believed that withdrawal of counsel at this stage of the proceedings will not cause undue prejudice to the defendant.’ 

Domask hinted at the motion last week, shortly after the parade attack emerged, Fox News reported. 

‘Our hearts are broken for all families affected by the tragedy at the Waukesha Parade,’ Domask recently told Fox News Digital

‘The Waukesha community is dear to our hearts here, and we joined in their sorrow. And we keep all those affected by this incident in our thoughts and prayers.’ 

Brooks, who appeared in court in a padded green vest on November 23, faces an additional six first-degree intentional homicides after driving his SUV into a Waukesha Holiday Parade

Brooks, who appeared in court in a padded green vest on November 23, faces an additional six first-degree intentional homicides after driving his SUV into a Waukesha Holiday Parade

In the Waukesha parade case, Brooks is being represented by public defenders Jeremy Perri and Anna Kees - the latter of whom was seen putting a comforting arm around him in court as they announced the death of the sixth victim

In the Waukesha parade case, Brooks is being represented by public defenders Jeremy Perri and Anna Kees – the latter of whom was seen putting a comforting arm around him in court as they announced the death of the sixth victim

Brooks drove his red SUV (pictured left) into the parade on November 21

Brooks drove his red SUV (pictured left) into the parade on November 21 

Candy was found on the ground of the crime scene after Brooks plowed his car through

Candy was found on the ground of the crime scene after Brooks plowed his car through 

It is unclear if Brooks approached the Milwaukee-based criminal defense lawyer or if the attorney approached him, but Domask is currently representing the ‘killer’ in two cases in Milwaukee. One for allegedly shooting his nephew and another for running over the mother of his child with his SUV.    

Brooks allegedly shot his nephew Anaji Brooks over a cellphone argument, leading him to shoot at Anaji. Brooks was charged with two counts of use of a dangerous weapon and a felony count of possession of a firearm. 

He recently released on a $1,000 bail after allegedly punching one of his children’s mother in the face and then running her over with his car.      

Brooks is now without representation for both those cases after Domask filed to withdraw.   

It’s unclear if Brooks will obtain other representation. A hearing for Domask’s motion is scheduled for Tuesday.

In the Waukesha parade case, Brooks is being represented by public defenders Jeremy Perri and Anna Kees – the latter of whom was seen putting a comforting arm around him in court as they announced the death of the sixth victim.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Kees is an Assistant State Public Defender, who is a specialist in criminal defense. Perri is also public defender. 

Brooks also received a sixth charge in the Waukesha case for first-degree intentional homicide on Monday after an 8-year-old died from his injuries. 

A total of six people have succumbed to their injuries after Brooks drove his SUV into the parade. Another 62 people have been injured, authorities reported. 

 

Domask filed the motion on November 23 in which the attorney claimed to have both 'direct and indirect' relationships with 'families, groups, organizations, and the communities affected' by Brooks' actions and that it has 'created concurrent conflict of interest' in the case, the motion revealed

Domask filed the motion on November 23 in which the attorney claimed to have both ‘direct and indirect’ relationships with ‘families, groups, organizations, and the communities affected’ by Brooks’ actions and that it has ‘created concurrent conflict of interest’ in the case, the motion revealed

Brooks is accused of speeding away from police and entering the Waukesha Christmas parade on Sunday night, refusing to stop even as an officer banged on the hood of his SUV. Another officer fired three shots into the vehicle, but it did not stop.

The city’s livestream video and bystander video captured the chaotic scene when an SUV sped along the parade route and then into the crowd. Several of those injured remain in critical condition.

According to the criminal complaint, witnesses told police that the vehicle ‘appeared to be intentionally moving side to side,’ with no attempt to slow down or stop as it struck multiple people and sent bodies and objects flying.

Brooks ignored several attempts to stop him, according to the criminal complaint.

A detective — wearing police insignia and a neon orange safety vest — stepped in front of Brooks’ vehicle and pounded on the hood, shouting ‘Stop,’ several times but Brooks drove past him, according to the complaint.

Brooks' has a lengthy rap sheet, which includes felonies for bail jumping, battery, drugs offenses, weapons offenses and domestic abuse

Brooks’ has a lengthy rap sheet, which includes felonies for bail jumping, battery, drugs offenses, weapons offenses and domestic abuse

A uniformed police officer who saw Brooks’ SUV traveling toward the parade route also tried to get his attention, yelling ‘Stop, stop the vehicle’ several times but was ignored, according to the complaint.

The officer ‘observed the driver looking straight ahead, directly at him, and it appeared he had no emotion on his face,’ the complaint said.

Brooks braked at one point, but instead of turning away from the parade route, he turned into the crowd and appeared to rapidly accelerate, the complaint said.

Another police officer shot at the vehicle, striking it three times as it entered the parade route. Brooks was not hit by the bullets, the Waukesha police chief said Monday.

The complaint said one witness who spoke with police said the SUV ‘continued to drive in a zig zag motion. It was like the SUV was trying to avoid vehicles, not people. There was no attempt made by the vehicle to stop, much less slow down.’

Brooks was offered $5million bail last week when he appeared in court wearing a green-padded suicide prevention gown, sobbing as an attorney put her arm around his shoulders to comfort him. 

A GoFundMe page for Brooks bail aimed at raising $5million toward his release was removed. 

Waukesha Court Commissioner Kevin M. Costello set bail at $5million – a move that sparked anger considering Brooks’ violent past that includes convictions for felonies.

At the time of the Waukesha incident, Brooks was out on $1,000 bail after he was arrested earlier this month for allegedly trying to run over the mother of his child with his car.

Brooks’ has lengthy rap sheet, which includes felonies for bail jumping, battery, drugs offenses, weapons offenses and domestic abuse but he has never spent a significant amount of time in prison.

DailyMail.com has contacted Domask for comment.  


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