The Derrick Brooks Story

In Derrick Brooks own words.

Growing up I made some poor choices, I am not a bad person, just made a few bad decisions. Decisions that I have owned up to and justice was served. On July 8, 2003, I, Derrick Brooks, was arrested for a murder that I didn’t commit and I was poorly represented by my legal team.

This is my story.

While serving my 7th year of a 10 year probation, on July 8, 2003 a crime took place that resulted in a murder. I did not commit this crime in any shape form or fashion, nor was I even at the scene of the crime. I had several pieces of information in which to use in my favor:

  1. The Dallas Police Department Crime Scene Unit testified there was no physical evidence linking me to the crime.
  2. There were three witnesses that gave statements on my behalf that it was not me at the crime scene and that I didn’t even resemble the offender of this crime.
  3. I have two witnesses that gave statements that I was not there the day and time of the crime.
  4. Last but not least, the state had NO EVIDENCE at all linking me to the crime.

All the state had to use in their case was the past crimes, which I was currently on probation for. My trial began December 13, 2004 and on December 14, my attorney asked for an additional sum of money, in which my family did not have at the time. This is when it went downhill for me. After this my attorney no longer gave proper representation, nothing was ever said in my defense during trial. At one point the Judge even stopped and asked during the trial was my attorney going to object and my attorney simply shrugged and said NO.

The state called two felons to testify against me. Nothing was said at that time either. I went through two days of a trial with no defense representation. My attorney suggested that I do not speak during the trial because the State would just bring up my past and use it as a negative profile of who I am. During the entire trial, it was about my past offenses from 1995 and 1996, only 10% was about the murder crime. They portrayed me as a threat and danger to society that needed to be off the street. At the end of the trial, the judge turned to me and said, “How can I be lenient with you and you didn’t speak up for yourself?” Not knowing that I was following the directions of my attorney.

With all that being said, I was sentenced to 50 years in prison. 30 years for the 3 crimes I was currently on probation for with an additional 20 for the murder that I DID NOT COMMIT.

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I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. – Isaiah 42:6-7

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