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Wisconsin Judge Rules Waukesha Christmas Massacre Parade Suspect Will Go To Trial

Darrell Brooks Jr. has been charged for the deaths of six people and 71 other crimes

The man accused of driving his car into a Wisconsin Christmas parade will face trial following a judge’s ruling on Jan. 14.

Darrell Brooks Jr. appeared in court in Wisconsin on Friday. He was initially held on a $5 million cash bail. He has been in police custody at the Waukesha County Jail since Nov. 23.

During the preliminary hearing, Court Commissioner Kevin M. Costello found probable cause against Brooks.

Detectives from the Waukesha Police Department testified, “Costello read aloud the dozens of new charges against Brooks and brief details about each victim, all of whom who were identified using letters of the alphabet in lieu of their names,” reports Fox News. “Brooks was slouched and remained emotionless as Costello spent several moments discussing the new charges and the victims one-by-one.”

The 39-year-old defendant initially faced five counts of first-degree intentional homicide. A sixth count has since been added. Each charge carries a life sentence.

On Jan. 12, an additional 71 charges were brought against Brooks. They include first-degree recklessly endangering safety with the use of a dangerous weapon, hit-and-run resulting in death, felony bail jumping, and misdemeanor domestic abuse.

Brooks is accused of driving his red SUV into a crowd gathered on Nov. 21 in Waukesha to watch an annual Christmas parade. More than 60 people were injured, and six were killed due to the crime.

The deceased victims are Jackson Sparks, 8; Tamara Durand, 52; Jane Kulich, 52; LeAnna Owen, 71; Virginia Sorenson, 79; and Wilhelm, 81.

Detective Thomas Casey testified at the preliminary hearing that he and other officers tried to stop Books as he drove through the downtown parade. He said the Ford SUV zig-zagged for several blocks, hitting marchers from behind and running them over.

Videos of the event circulated on social media in the hours after it occurred.

Public Defender Anna Kees said Brooks was high during the incident. She told the officers who arrested him noted that he smelled of marijuana and that his eyes were red and glassy.

Kees said that Brooks could not turn off the parade route because of the barricades and spectators. She said her client could not look at photos of the devastation when detectives showed them to him and that he had not intended to kill anyone.

District Attorney Susan Opper said Brooks could have stopped his car instead of driving through the crowd. She also said that even if he was high on marijuana, he had still committed multiple crimes.

Before he drove to the parade, court documents allege that Brooks beat the mother of his child because she refused to bail him out of jail. In November, he had been arrested for allegedly running her over with the same SUV he drove to the parade.

Brooks, who had a preestablished criminal history, had been arrested in Milwaukee County and was released on Nov. 19 after posting $1,000 bail. 

Arraignment is set for February 11. Brooks will enter his plea at that time.

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9 responses to “Wisconsin Judge Rules Waukesha Christmas Massacre Parade Suspect Will Go To Trial”

  1. pandusa says:

    Chtf-It is NO excuse- voluntary intoxication is not a defense under the law as I understand it. His lawyer will go for psych…it appears to be the only possible defense.

  2. ChetF says:

    I hope they don’t buy this bullshit. Too high to know what he was doing, my ass excuse. Everyone knows what this guy is about thanks to Timcast and Andy Ngo.

  3. pandusa says:

    I worked in detox/rehab…and did some boots on the ground “research” in my younger days. I GUARANTEE this dude was packing MORE than “weed” OR he was on the down low with agitation coming down from something else. I want to see the TOXICOLOGY on these people acting out. Yes, hate is a factor but drug abuse…probably meth -is the lit fuse that sets off many explosions.When I was in home psychiatric health, I visited psychiatric patients homes (many with addiction comorbidities ) in a 3 county area for 7 years. The ones I was most leery of was… the meth users. You never knew what or who you might find at their homes. Or, how long they had been without sleep…and using. You go without sleep long enough, you begin to deteriorate mentally. Then, add meth paranoia/psychosis or agitation and what other drugs they may have on board. Well, you get the picture.

  4. LegenJerry says:

    @HerrDoktor has a point. Once people realize they can do the same thing Darrell Brooks did and find out that they can get away with some of it, more people are going to be more inclined to do similar things.

    All because Black Lives Matter.

    Don’t forget this happened almost 48 hours after the Rittenhouse verdict. No one can convince me that this wasn’t reactionary to that verdict.

    I don’t care if this man was high on weed. Weed doesn’t make you wanna go kill people.

    Whatever happens, I truly believe this guy deserves the death penalty. Fuck putting him in jail for the rest of his life, he doesn’t deserve that freedom. He forfeited that the moment he pressed the gas pedal on dozens of innocent people.

  5. TellDTruth says:

    Yes hes charged with 6 counts of 1st degree murder. And 73 other charges.

  6. exactly34 says:

    There is no way this isn’t racially motivated. I would presume that this man has a hatred for white people driven by media and social media psychosis.

  7. Turk_Longwell says:

    Wait What!?? is NROL34 correct? no Murder charges? I gotta look this up, but if that is true…. man… that’s all. Nothing more. I’ll get myself in trouble.

  8. nrol34 says:

    Darryl Brooks, who disappeared from the Internet, is not being tried for murder but for; 61 counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety with a dangerous weapon, six counts of committing a hit and run causing death.

    Even though the Sherriff said his acts were intentional, authorities have said there is no apparent motive for why Brooks allegedly did so. They are not charging him with vehicular manslaughter. They are not charging him with hit and run on the 50 he injured, which is watered down to “first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

    In GA, vehicular hit and run causing death get five years in prison. I guess this is equity.

    There is such a thing as vehicular manslaughter in hit and run. Hit and run could be used in 50 he injured, not first degree recklessly endagering safety.

  9. HerrDoktor says:

    And as THIS trial develops, be on the lookout for copycats and lone wolves.