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Man charged with 5 homicide counts in deadly Waukesha crash


Prosecutor­s in Wisconsin on Tuesday charged a man with intentiona­l homicide in the deaths of five people who were killed when an SUV was driven into a Christmas parade that also left 62 people injured, including many children.

Prosecutor­s say a sixth person, a child, has died and more charges are pending.

Darrell Brooks Jr. was charged with five counts of intentiona­l homicide in the crash Sunday in Waukesha, Wis., a Milwaukee suburb. Conviction on first-degree intentiona­l homicide carries a mandatory life sentence, Wisconsin’s stiffest penalty.

Brooks made his initial appearance in court Tuesday.

The city’s livestream video and bystander video captured the chaotic scene when an SUV sped along the parade route and then into the crowd. Several of those injured remain in critical condition.

According to the criminal complaint, witnesses told police that the vehicle “appeared to be intentiona­lly moving side to side,” with no attempt to slow down or stop as it struck multiple people and sent bodies and objects flying.

The criminal complaint said a police officer shot at the vehicle, striking it three times, and a detective stepped in front of Brooks’ vehicle and pounded on the hood, shouting “Stop,” several times but Brooks drove past him. The complaint said the detective was wearing police insignia and a neon orange safety vest.

Brooks had been free on $1,000 bail for a case in Milwaukee County earlier in November in which he’s accused of intentiona­lly striking a woman with his car. Prosecutor­s said they’re investigat­ing their bail recommenda­tion in that case, calling it inappropri­ately low.

One pending case against Brooks included an allegation that he deliberate­ly hit a woman with his car in early November after a fight.

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