WAUKESHA, Wis. — The man charged with driving through a 2021 Christmas parade, killing six people and injuring dozens of others, made a tearful opening statement Thursday as he began presenting his own defense.

Darrell Brooks Jr., who waived his right to an attorney and has been representing himself in a monthlong trial filled with disruptions and outbursts, said the incident was not premeditated.

“This incident was not planned. This incident was not intentional. This incident was never even thought about,” Brooks told the jury.

Brooks, 40, of Milwaukee, is charged with six counts of first-degree intentional homicide, 61 counts of recklessly endangering safety, six counts of hit-and-run causing death, two counts of bail jumping — all felonies in connection to the parade tragedy — and one count of misdemeanor battery.

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Defendant gives emotional opening statement

Brooks was visibly emotional as he talked about the impact to the families of victims, the community of Waukesha and his own family. He removed the face mask he has donned for most of the trial so the jury could “see me for who I am, no mask.”

“There’s always two sides to every story,” he said. “There’s only been one side told to this story.”

Brooks’ opening statement came after attorneys with the district attorney’s office rested their case following more than a week and a half of testimony.

Prosecutors questioned witnesses who were at the parade, officers involved in the investigation and residents of the neighborhood where Brooks was ultimately arrested. They showed videos of the car striking people and displayed the items of clothing Brooks allegedly discarded after abandoning the car.

Tempers flare amid interruptions

Judge Jennifer Dorow warned Brooks Thursday after numerous interruptions and “disrespectful” behavior that she would send him out of the courtroom to participate in questioning from another room via video, as she has done one time before in the presence of the jury and several times in the trial before testimony began.

Brooks has repeatedly challenged the judge’s authority and balked at her rulings. On Thursday, after the state showed a video Brooks had posted to social media of him rapping, which featured the red SUV that struck people in the parade, Brooks vehemently objected. He called it “ridiculous” that he be expected to give a legal argument as to why it should not be shown.