Judge to decide if Wisconsin parade suspect will stand trial


MADISON, Wis. — A choose is ready to decide Friday whether or not a Milwaukee man accused of plowing his SUV by means of a Christmas parade, killing six individuals and injuring dozens extra, will stand trial for homicide.

Darrell Brooks Jr. is ready to seem in Waukesha County court docket earlier than Judge Michael Bohren for a preliminary listening to. Such hearings, when the choose decides whether or not there’s sufficient proof to maintain a defendant for trial, are often a formality however can make clear protection and prosecution methods.

According to the prison grievance, Brooks drove his mom’s maroon Ford Escape into the parade in downtown Waukesha on Nov. 21. He saved going regardless of law enforcement officials’ calls for to cease, with some officers telling investigators it appeared the driving force was attempting to deliberately hit individuals and “citizen witnesses” telling detectives the SUV by no means slowed down.

Some of the individuals he hit flew up onto the hood of the Escape; at one level Brooks had to lean out the driving force’s window to steer as a result of an individual had landed on the windshield, in accordance to the grievance.

Six individuals had been killed and dozens extra injured. District Attorney Susan Opper charged Brooks with six counts of first-degree intentional murder a couple of days later. He would face life in jail if he’s convicted on even one rely. Opper this week added scores of extra expenses, together with reckless endangerment, hit-and-run involving demise, bail leaping and battery.

A family visits a memorial at Veteran's Park for the victims of Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021's deadly Christmas parade crash in Waukesha, Wis.
A household visits a memorial at Veteran’s Park for the victims of Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021’s lethal Christmas parade crash in Waukesha, Wis.

Any potential motives stay unknown. Court paperwork filed Wednesday allege Brooks beat the mom of his youngster minutes earlier than driving into the parade as a result of she refused to bail him out of jail after he was arrested for allegedly operating her over with the identical automobile earlier in November.

Brooks had been arrested in neighboring Milwaukee County in that alleged earlier incident. He walked out of jail on Nov. 19, two days earlier than the parade, after posting $1,000 bail.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, a Democrat, has taken intense criticism for his workplace recommending bail be set so low for Brooks.

This undated photo provided by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department shows Darrell Brooks, Jr., the suspect in a Christmas parade crash.
Darrell Brooks, Jr., the suspect in a Christmas parade crash.

Chisholm advised county officers in December that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a backlog of circumstances in his workplace. An analysis of the danger Brooks posed to the neighborhood by no means made into his workplace’s laptop system and went unseen, Chisholm stated, and a younger, overworked assistant prosecutor beneficial $1,000 bail for him so she may transfer on to different circumstances.

A bunch of Milwaukee County taxpayers filed a grievance with Gov. Tony Evers in December demanding he take away Chisholm from workplace. An legal professional the Evers administration employed to assessment the grievance concluded Tuesday that the grievance suffers from technical authorized deficiencies and isn’t legitimate. Evers refused to take any motion towards Chisholm, a fellow Democrat.

Chisholm has pushed for ending money bail, saying it’s not truthful to poor defendants. He needs a brand new system by which solely violent offenders are jailed till trial.

Brooks’ case has pushed Republicans legislators to introduce payments that may require a $10,000 minimal bond for individuals who have beforehand dedicated a felony or violent misdemeanor. They would additionally require the Wisconsin Department of Justice to create a “bond transparency report” detailing crime and bond situations.

Evers and Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul have stated they’d help stricter bail insurance policies.

Bohren is not any stranger to high-profile circumstances. He presided over proceedings towards two Waukesha women accused of stabbing their classmate in 2014 to please a fictional horror character, Slender Man.

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