Suspected tragedy in Waukesha parade faces more than 70 new charges: NPR

Darrell Brooks, left, speaks with an attorney during a court hearing on November 23, 2021 in Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wis. Brooks is now facing new charges in connection with the Christmas parade tragedy.

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Darrell Brooks, left, speaks with an attorney during a court hearing on November 23, 2021 in Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wis. Brooks is now facing new charges in connection with the Christmas parade tragedy.

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Prosecutors have filed 71 new charges in their case against the suspect in the November Waukesha, Wisconsin parade tragedy that left six people dead and dozens more injured.

Darrell Brooks was previously charged with six counts of first-degree premeditated murder related to the victims killed in the crash. He now faces a total of 77 charges, according to online court records reviewed by NPR.

The new charges raised on Wednesday includes 61 cases of ruthless first-degree danger to safety with a dangerous weapon, six cases of having committed a blow and run with death, two charges of bail and two cases of domestic violence.

Authorities say children and elderly parade artists were among the more than 50 people who were seriously injured and killed at the Waukesha Christmas Parade.

Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson said earlier that Brooks had “deliberately” driven his vehicle into the parade. Authorities have said there is no clear motive for why Brooks allegedly did it.

Brooks, 39, has not yet filed a petition on the previous six charges of murder.

Prior to the parade, Brooks was charged with using his vehicle to injure a woman in a separate incident. According to court records, Brooks confronted a woman outside a motel, knocked her phone out of her hand and drove away. said authorities Brooks then returned, punched her in the face and drove her over with his vehicle.

Brooks was out on $ 1,000 cash bail for this case when he allegedly ran into the parade.

NPR’s efforts to contact the Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office were in vain.

Brooks is listed as a detainee in the Waukesha County Jail. His next court hearing is scheduled for Friday.

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