Wisconsin Court of Appeals
Criminal Procedure — mistrials
Cortez Ramon Brooks, I, appeals from a judgment of conviction entered after a jury found him guilty of first-degree reckless homicide and armed robbery, with use of force, as a habitual criminal, as party to a crime. Brooks argues that the trial court erroneously exercised its discretion when it denied his motion for a mistrial after Kevin Burks, his cellmate, testified that Brooks confessed to committing multiple homicides, in addition to the one with which he was charged. Because we conclude that the trial court’s decision to deny the motion was rational and based on the law and facts of the case, we affirm. Not recommended for publication in the official reports.
Dist I, Milwaukee County, Konkol, J., Brennan, J.
Attorneys: For Appellant: Bowe, Ann T., Milwaukee; For Respondent: Loebel, Karen A., Milwaukee; Wellman, Sally L., Madison