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The 40-year-old man who is accused of killing six people and wounding dozens more when he allegedly ran them over last year at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, demanded in court this week that his case be dismissed because there were no victims present to face him.
The Daily Wire is not naming or showing photographs of the alleged killer due to company policy about not giving notoriety to those who allegedly carry out mass murder, as studies have suggested that media coverage of these events can have a significant impact on the psyches of those who carry out the atrocities because it often gives them the attention that they crave.
The suspect, who fired his public defenders and now represents himself, went on a 50-minute rant in court Thursday morning about why the case against him needed to be dismissed.
“Where’s the injured party? Is the injured party present in court right now?” the suspect fumed. “Can anyone, can anyone make a claim against me? Can you make a claim against me, your honor?”
“Do you know if anyone that can make a claim against me, your honor? Can anyone right now in court, anyone, make a claim against me?” he continued. “And because of that, your honor, the motion to dismiss should be granted based on that alone. There is no injured party in this matter. So, who makes the claim? Who?”
The alleged killer is accused of driving his red Ford Escape into the crowd gathered to watch Waukesha’s annual Christmas parade on November 21, 2021, ramming into dozens of parade-watchers and killing six, including an 8-year-old boy. The defendant faces 76 felony and misdemeanor charges, including six counts of first-degree intentional homicide.
The alleged killer complained in an interview late last year about how he was being treated after the attack, claiming that he was being “dehumanized” and “demonized.”
Fox News reported that the suspect, previous to the killings in Waukesha, had a rap sheet that was 50 pages long that included criminal charges involving attacks on women and members of his family.
Ashe Schow contributed to this report.