It didn’t take lengthy for a Waukesha County court docket commissioner to set bail at $5 million for Darrell Brooks, Jr. late Tuesday afternoon.
In keeping with the criminal complaint, the 39-year-old allegedly drove an SUV by way of Waukesha’s annual Christmas parade Sunday, killing 5 folks and injuring 62. Brooks was charged with 5 counts of first-degree intentional murder.
District lawyer Susan Opper added that a further sufferer died Tuesday after the preliminary criticism was written.
“I want to notify the court docket sadly that at this time we discovered of one other loss of life, of a kid, associated to this case. We do anticipate a sixth depend for first-degree intentional murder to be…added to this case,” Opper stated.
Kids’s Wisconsin stories the kid was one in every of 16 younger folks admitted to the hospital after being injured at Sunday’s parade.
Opper urged court docket commissioner David Herring to set a bail of $5 million, after studying from Brooks’ felony document. It began with circumstances in 2000 and stretched to a current allegation.
“The allegations in that case, your honor, is that he struck the mom of his youngster within the face with a closed fist, then, as she was strolling away from him, he deliberately ran her over along with his car,” Opper stated. “The car in that matter described as what’s believed to be the identical maroon 2010 Ford Escape used within the allegations on this case.”
All through the court docket look, Brooks was heard crying as he sat hunched subsequent to his attorneys.
The protection had little to say, besides that Brooks is financially indigent.
As Courtroom Commissioner Herring accepted a $5 million bail request, he stated he had by no means seen a extra stunning case.
Herring referred to the felony criticism, citing witness accounts that say the SUV drove in a zig-zag movement as if it “was making an attempt to keep away from automobiles, not folks.”
“I imagine you’re a flight danger. There is a failure to observe court docket orders. This allegation, though the motive just isn’t identified — I am not entitled to know what that’s — but it surely appears prefer it with panic or no matter, or an intentional act for no matter motive,” Herring stated. “You do not do nicely below strain.”
Brooks is scheduled to return to court docket on Jan. 14, 2022 for a preliminary listening to.
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