WAUKESHA, Wis., (CBS) Darrell Brooks, 39, was charged with five counts of murder after allegedly plowing through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday, killing at least five and injuring dozens more.
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Brooks, who has a lengthy criminal record, was arrested near the scene after a Waukesha police officer opened fire to try to stop the vehicle, authorities said. Brooks was officially charged with five counts of premeditated murder, which is the legal equivalent of first-degree murder in Wisconsin, and has a life sentence on conviction.
Moments before the incident, police received a call about a domestic unrest, possibly involving Brooks. Police Chief Dan Thompson said police did not even have time to respond to that call and investigate it completely before Brooks allegedly drove onto the parade route. He said this was not an act of terrorism.
Online court records show Brooks has two open criminal cases in Milwaukee County. And at least three other convictions for violent behavior.
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WBBM-TV learned that Brooks was charged with resisting or obstructing an officer, bail, ruthless security threats, disorderly conduct and violence on November 5th. He pleaded not guilty to charges 1, 4 and 5. This appears to be domestic violence case because one of the court records says two women have requested an order of no contact which the court initiated. On Friday, he filed a $ 1,000 bail.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office has opened an investigation into such a low bail “in light of the nature of recent charges and pending charges against Mr. Brooks,” according to a memo released Monday and obtained by CBS 58 reporter Kristen Barbaresi.
WBBM found records for another ongoing case from July 2020. He was charged with two counts of reckless endangering the safety of using a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm / convicted of a crime. He pleaded not guilty in this case.
- In 2011, Brooks was found guilty of opposing / obstructing an officer.
- In 2010, he was found guilty of charges of strangulation and choking in Wood County.
- In 1999, he was found guilty of substantial damages intended for a violence, a crime.
Thompson gave no immediate details about the person or a possible motive.
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