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Waukesha suspect Darrell Brooks pleads not guilty to killing six people and injuring more than 60


Waukesha Christmas Parade suspect Darrell Brooks pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Friday to more than 70 counts of allegedly ramming his SUV into revelers last year, killing six and in injuring dozens.

Brooks, 39, wore a surgical mask and red jumpsuit during the two-minute proceedings in Waukesha County Circuit Court. He sported a shaved head and his wrists were cuffed in front of him, as he chatted with his defense attorney and flipped through papers at the defense table.

His attorney has pleaded not guilty on his behalf, and Commissioner Kevin Costello has set his next court date for March 11.

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Brooks faces six counts of intentional homicide and other charges for the carnage that unfolded on November 21 after officers received a report of a fight at a nearby park they learned of later that she was between Brooks and his ex-girlfriend.

Minutes later, Brooks reportedly swerved his red Ford Escape onto the parade route as Detective Thomas Casey yelled at him to stop and pounded on its bonnet.

Brooks reportedly accelerated, zigzagging through the crowd, mowing down women and children.

Darrell Brooks is accused of killing six people and injuring more than 60 after walking in a Christmas parade on November 21.
(Mark Hoffman/Pool via REUTERS)

At one point, a person landed on the hood of the Escape and Brooks allegedly slammed on his brakes, throwing the victim in front of his car. He then ran over the victim, according to Casey’s testimony at a probable cause hearing last month. An officer fired three shots at Brooks’ vehicle, but he continued to rip through the crowd.

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The youngest victim to die was 8-year-old Jackson Sparks. Five other people – Virginia Sorenson, 79, LeAnna Owen, 71, Tamara Durand, 52, Jane Kulich, 52 and Wilhelm Hospel, 81 – were also killed. More than 60 people were injured, including dozens of children.

Waukesha suspect Darrell Brooks pleads not guilty to killing six people and injuring more than 60

The six victims killed in the Waukesha Parade attack have been identified as 8-year-old Jackson Sparks; Tamara Durand, 52; Jane Kulich, 52; LeAnna Owen, 71; Virginia Sorenson, 79; and Guillaume, 81 years old.

Days before the deadly ambush, Brooks – who has a 50-page rap sheet in Wisconsin – was released from jail on $1,000 bond for allegedly running over his ex-girlfriend in Milwaukee, leaving traces tires on his leg.

Minutes before the massacre, Brooks got into a fight with the same ex-girlfriend, she later told investigators. Brooks was furious that she talked to other men and gave her a split lip and a black eye before flipping her car and getting angry at the partygoers.

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At the time of the horrific attack, Brooks was also out on $500 bail for a 2020 Milwaukee case for allegedly opening fire on his nephew.

Milwaukee Democratic District Attorney John Chisholm has come under fire for recommending Brooks be released on $1,000 bond in the domestic violence case. He called the bail amount “too low” and a mistake made by a rookie prosecutor.

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But analysis by Fox News Digital showed that suspects are often released on bail for serious crimes in Milwaukee.

Brooks is held in lieu of a $5 million bond.


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