Waukesha Christmas parade suspect Darrell Brooks Jr. Was inside Wisconsin In court Friday morning for a preliminary hearing for the November disaster, he drove his SUV through a crowd of cheaters, killing six people – including one child – and hurting tens of thousands.
Brooks, 39, wore an orange prison jumpsuit and lifted his hair while he sat with his lawyer and looked directly at his hands in his lap. He remains behind bars in the Waukesha County Jail since he was ordered held on $ 5 million bail on November 23, two days after the horrific incident.
Waukesha Christmas Tragedy: Darrell Brooks defeated previous moments before driving through Parade, records say
A career criminal was originally charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide. The sixth count was then added. The half-dozen charges – each of which carries a life sentence if convicted – represent the six people killed.
The deceased was identified as Jackson Sparks, 8; Tamara Durand, 52; Jane Kulich, 52; LeeAnna Owen, 71; Virginia Sorenson, 79; And Wilhelm, 81.
Waukesha Christmas Parade Suspected Darrell Brooks 71
Friday’s hearing comes seven weeks after Brooks allegedly drove his Maroon Ford Escape through police barricades and a group of demonstrators at a local Christmas parade on November 21.
After the tragedy, his ex-girlfriend told police that Brooks had been quarreling with her a few minutes earlier and that he had given her a black eye and cleft lip, beating her up while running around with a handgun.
Waukesha Parade suspect Darrell Brooks says in his first jailhouse interview that he thinks “humanity,” “demonization”
Just on Wednesday, Brooks was hit with 71 extra charges. The new allegations against him endanger the safety of the first-degree reckless use of a dangerous weapon; Hit and run as a result of death; Criminal bail jumping; And misdemeanor domestic abuse.
On Friday, he said he had seen or heard for the first time since December 1, when he told LBL Digital he felt “inhumane” and “demonized.”
LBL’s Michael Ruiz and Adam Saebs contributed to this report.