The pre-election order indicted for the murder of five people at a Wisconsin Christmas parade was held at $5 million in his first court appearance Tuesday — after a child was killed in Sunday’s attack, prosecutors revealed. He will be struck with the sixth murder count. Died.
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Darrell Brooks, 39, who was freed only because he was cut off on “unreasonably low” bail in an unrelated case, is now much less likely to be granted bail and could spend the rest of his life if convicted. Will spend behind bars.
“There are no words to describe the risk this defendant presented to our community,” prosecutor Susan Opper told Waukesha County Court Commissioner Kevin Costello in court.
“Not only the flight risk but the dangerousness that he presents, his history of violence and the allegations in this complaint where it is clearly stated that on several occasions he was asked to stop by police officers,” she said. “They risked their own safety to try to step in front of the car to stop him.”
“Everything was done to stop him, and he just went down the road causing death and destruction on his way.”
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Brooks has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional manslaughter in an attack on Sunday’s Waukesha Christmas parade, but Opper said he would be struck with the sixth charge on Tuesday, following the death of Jackson Sparks, 8, who is in critical condition. was in attack.
Each murder count carries a possible sentence of life without parole. Wisconsin does not have a death penalty law.
“I want to inform the court with sadness that today we learned of another death of a child related to this case,” Opper said. “We expect that a sixth count for willful homicide of the first degree will be issued, or added, I’m sorry, to this case.”
“I can advise the court that I am aware that others are also in critical condition,” she said.
Brooks bowed his head during the proceedings and at one point appeared to cry as Costello detailed his lengthy criminal record.
Police said Brooks, a typical rapper with a long criminal record, was on the run from a domestic disturbance when he barricaded past police barricades and onto a parade route, where he crushed marchers and onlookers.
In addition to the deaths, officials now say 62 people were injured during the attack, including children still in critical condition.
Among the victims were a youth dance troupe and the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, who said they lost three members in the tragedy.
A criminal complaint in the case reveals details of a fatal vehicular attack, with police reporting that Brooks “had no emotion on his face” as he walked through a crowded parade route.
The complaint said two officers tried to stop the SUV, screamed and in one instance hit the hood, only to be thrown to one side by the vehicle.
A cop said that as the vehicle turned into a crowd, he “heard the squeak of tyres”.
“At this point, it was clear to Officer (Bryce) Butryn that this was a deliberate act intended to kill and injure as many people as possible,” the complaint said.
Police caught up with Brooks, initially identifying him as a man of interest in the case, before filing murder charges.
Compounding the tragedy, prosecutors acknowledged this week that Brooks should have been in prison already — he had been released on “unreasonably low” bail a few days earlier.
In that case, Brooks was charged with allegedly punching and driving the mother of his child at a local gas station on November 2, but was released on $1,000 bond.
“The allegation in that case, Your Honor, is that he hit the mother of his child in the face with a clenched fist, and then as she was driving away from him he deliberately crushed her with his vehicle,” Opper said on Tuesday. said.
“The vehicle in that case … is believed to be the same maroon 2010 Ford Escape used in the charges in this case,” she said.
According to records, Brooks had another pending assault case since July 2020—in which she was released in March after her $7,500 bail was dropped on only $500 bail—and an open one in Nevada. Sexual assault is warranted.
Minutes before Sunday’s parade, Brooks had an altercation with his ex-girlfriend, whom neighbors said had to run barefoot and black-eyed to escape.
Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson said Brooks fled the scene of domestic violence before police could respond – and began attacking the parade while fleeing.
An amateur rapper who calls himself Mathboi Fly, Brooks allegedly used a red Ford Escape SUV that he allegedly took to parade on a rap video.
In court on Tuesday, Opper noted that Brooks has a long criminal record that spans three states — Wisconsin, Nevada and Georgia — including bail-jumping, resisting arrest and obstruction.
Although he has no prior criminal case in Waukesha, the prosecutor said he has a paternity case pending since 2003.
He has “appeared in court for years on grounds of failure to pay child support,” he said, adding that he has been jailed in the past for failing to do so.
Agreeing to the $5 million bail requested by prosecutors, Costello said the parade attack “appears to be a very strong case for the state.”
“I am an old man who has been doing this for almost 40 years,” the court commissioner said. “Office of the DA, criminal defense attorney, 17, 18 years as a commissioner in both Milwaukee and now Waukesha.”
“The nature of this crime is shocking,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my long career.”