MADISON, Wis. — A person accused of driving an SUV via 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 legal grievance that levies dozens of latest expenses towards him.
Darrell Brooks Jr. steered the Ford Escape for 5 blocks via the parade route within the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha on Nov. 21, killing six folks and injuring dozens extra, in response to the grievance. 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.
“The entire victims who have been killed and most people that have been injured have been strolling proper down the center of the street in plain view,” the grievance mentioned. “(The road) was clearly closed to visitors, there have been barricades in place and police current to direct motorists for the complete size of the parade route.
Simply minutes earlier than driving via 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 operating her over with the identical SUV, the grievance mentioned.
Prosecutors charged Brooks with six counts of murder two days after the parade. They added 71 new expenses towards 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 court docket Friday for a preliminary listening to, the step within the legal 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.
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 grievance filed Wednesday mentioned.
Minutes after she received out of the SUV, he drove into the parade, in response to the grievance.
The ex-girlfriend added that the Escape belonged to Brooks’ mom however that he lived within the car.
After he went via the parade, Brooks drove via a yard, the grievance mentioned. He deserted the SUV and requested a house owner to assist him. Police captured him at that home.
Brooks’ lawyer, public defender Jeremy Perri, didn’t reply to a message searching for 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 mentioned that was a mistake, made by an overworked assistant prosecutor who by no means noticed an analysis of the hazards Brooks might pose to the group as a result of the evaluation was by no means entered into the district lawyer’s workplace’s laptop system.