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I-Team: Grand Jury Testimony Reveals More of Brooks' Saga

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Former Assemblyman Steven Brooks at the Nevada Legislature in January. Former Assemblyman Steven Brooks at the Nevada Legislature in January.
Brooks outside his apartment in January. Brooks outside his apartment in January.

LAS VEGAS -- Newly unsealed documents are painting a clearer picture of former North Las Vegas Assemblyman Steven Brooks in the days before his first arrest.

On Jan. 19, police took him in for allegedly threatening the life of Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick.

The grand jury testimony reveals how the former lawmaker's family and friends tried and failed to get Brooks mental health treatment before the arrest that ended his political career.

Friend and Las Vegas Councilman Ricki Barlow was first to testify and recalled how Brooks called him from inside Seven Hills Behavioral Health Center in mid-January.

Brooks' wife later told Barlow that family had noticed her husband showing "erratic" and "spazzy" behavior.

Barlow claimed Brooks' behavior changed during a recent move.

Neighbors told the I-Team Brooks moved out of his house after feeling threatened by gangs.

Brooks tried talking Barlow into getting him out of the mental health treatment center.

When Brooks finally was released by the behavioral facility, it was against the Brooks family's wishes, according to Barlow.

A legislative police officer assigned to escort Brooks testified that Brooks watched news stories about medical marijuana bills at the Nevada Legislature.

The officer testified Brooks told him, "I know about this because I smoke copious amounts of medical marijuana and it really works."

The problem was, North Las Vegas Police confirmed brooks didn't have a medical marijuana card. A doctor at the jail testified Brooks' urine tested positive for marijuana.

Police also found Brooks with a gun when they first arrested him.

Brooks claimed he borrowed a friend's gun for a legislative National Rifle Association event. The I-Team confirmed Brooks never attended that event.

The grand jury indicted Brooks for illegal gun possession after hearing he testified positive for marijuana.

Brooks, who is in jail after leading police on a high speed chase in California, was arrested the same day he became Nevada's first expelled lawmaker.

A California judge decided to transfer Brooks case to a special mental health court.

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