The man responsible for Sunday’s Christmas parade tragedy has been officially charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide. A sixth victim, a child, was revealed during the hearing. Their death is expected to be added as an additional charge.
On Tuesday, Darrell Brooks, 39, walked into the courtroom in shackles and what appeared to be a bulletproof vest. His bail was set at $5 million cash because the judge believes he is a flight risk.
Wisconsin parade crash suspect Darrell Brooks Jr. appears in court, charged with 5 counts of intentional homicide.
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Brooks is responsible for killing six people and injuring 62 more when he deliberately drove his SUV through the parade crowd in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Jackson Sparks, 8, has been identified as the latest victim. The other victims include Wilhelm Hospel, 81, Virginia Sorenson, 79, Leanna Owen, 71, Tamara Durand, 52, and Jane Kulich, 52.
A 6th person has died in the #Waukesha massacre. 8-year-old Jackson Sparks died in hospital. Nearly 50 others were injured when Darrell Brooks, a registered sex offender out on bail on other offenses, allegedly rammed his car through the Christmas parade. https://t.co/FzSxZr7HpH
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About 20 minutes after injuring and killing innocent people, Brooks sought help in a local neighborhood.
The homeowner’s doorbell camera captured the moment Brooks knocked on Daniel Rider’s door. Rider was unaware of what had just transpired and offered hospitality to Brooks.
The suspect claimed he was homeless and asked to use Rider’s phone to call an Uber. The video captured Brooks asking, “I called a[n] Uber, and I’m supposed to be waiting for it over here, but I don’t know when it’s coming. Can you call it for me, please?”
Rider let Brooks in, provided him with something to eat, as well as a jacket to wear. Not knowing he was speaking with a convicted felon, all the while, fresh off a new crime.
While Brooks had his phone, Rider couldn’t see the shelter in place and suspect on the loose text messages. He was entirely in the dark.
He asked Brooks to leave when he saw police on the street, but the man returned, claiming he had left his ID in Rider’s home.
Rider explained, “A minute later, he’s pounding on the door saying, ‘Let me back in. I left my ID. My ID is in there. Let me back in.’ And I’m looking for it as I say, ‘no, you stay out there. I’ll look for your ID.’ And so I’m looking for his ID, and it’s moments later the police see him and get him in cuffs.”
Police had arrived at the house and arrested Brooks.
He now faces five consecutive life sentences if convicted on all counts. He did not enter a plea on Tuesday.
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