Waukesha parade attack suspect Darrell Brooks facing 71 new charges

MADISON, Wis. — A person accused of driving an SUV by a Wisconsin Christmas parade crashed into folks head-on, ran them over as they lay on the bottom and at one level leaned out his window to steer as a result of somebody had landed on his windshield and was blocking his view, prosecutors alleged Wednesday in a felony criticism that levies dozens of latest prices in opposition to him.

Darrell Brooks Jr. steered the Ford Escape for 5 blocks by the parade route within the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha on Nov. 21, killing six folks and injuring dozens extra, in keeping with the criticism. It cites police estimates that the SUV reached speeds of as much as 25 mph and says some folks landed on the hood, with Brooks carrying them alongside.

“All the victims who had been killed and the general public that had been injured had been strolling proper down the center of the street in plain view,” the criticism stated. “(The road) was clearly closed to site visitors, there have been barricades in place and police current to direct motorists for your complete size of the parade route.

Simply minutes earlier than driving by the parade, Brooks beat up the mom of his little one as a result of she had not bailed him out of jail a number of days earlier after he was arrested for working her over with the identical SUV, the criticism stated.

An SUV plows right into a crowd of individuals throughout the Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., on Nov. 21, 2021.
Main Street in downtown Waukesha is seen blocked off with crime scene tape after a car plowed through a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Primary Avenue in downtown Waukesha, Wis, is blocked off with crime scene tape on Nov. 22, 2021, after an SUV plowed by a vacation parade.
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Prosecutors charged Brooks with six counts of murder two days after the parade. They added 71 new prices in opposition to him Wednesday, together with a number of counts of reckless endangerment, hit-and-run involving dying, battery and bail leaping. He’s set to seem in courtroom Friday for a preliminary listening to, the step within the felony justice course of the place a decide decides whether or not there’s sufficient proof to proceed to trial.

Brooks’ ex-girlfriend advised investigators that he broke her leg when he ran her over in early November. He walked out of jail two days earlier than the parade after posting $1,000 bail.

Amy Mack lights candles at a memorial at Veterans Park for the victims of a deadly Christmas parade crash in Waukesha, Wis., on Nov. 23, 2021.
A memorial for the victims of the lethal Christmas parade assault in Waukesha, Wis.
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Police officers document marked evidence on Main Street the morning after a car plowed through a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin
Law enforcement officials doc marked proof on Primary Avenue the morning after a automobile plowed by a vacation parade in Waukesha, Wis.
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The lady advised investigators that the day of the parade, she met Brooks at a Waukesha park and received into the SUV, the place they argued about why she didn’t bail him out of jail. He drove her round, steering with one hand and punching her within the face with the opposite, the criticism filed Wednesday stated.

Minutes after she received out of the SUV, he drove into the parade, in keeping with the criticism.

The ex-girlfriend added that the Escape belonged to Brooks’ mom however that he lived within the automobile.

A person walks past a police car blocking Main Street the morning after a car ploughed through a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
An individual walks previous a police automobile blocking Primary Avenue the morning after a automobile plowed by a vacation parade in Waukesha, Wis.
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After he went by the parade, Brooks drove by a yard, the criticism stated. He deserted the SUV and requested a home-owner to assist him. Police captured him at that home.

Brooks’ legal professional, public defender Jeremy Perri, didn’t reply to a message in search of remark.

Milwaukee County District Legal professional John Chisholm has taken intense criticism for permitting his workplace to advocate Brooks’ bail be set at $1,000 within the home violence case. Chisholm had stated that was a mistake, made by an overworked assistant prosecutor who by no means noticed an analysis of the risks Brooks may pose to the group as a result of the evaluation was by no means entered into the district legal professional’s workplace’s laptop system.


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