Waukesha parade suspect Darrell Brooks charged in court, had run over a woman.
Darrell Brooks, the only suspect in the deadly Christmas parade attack that killed five and injured at least 62 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, has been charged with five counts of willful murder.
The sex offender who appeared in court Tuesday afternoon also allegedly ran over a woman earlier this month.
The 39-year-old man with a criminal record is facing charges stemming from Sunday’s attack that involved a red pickup truck driving through barricades and into the parade crowd. It unleashed massive bloodshed and horror.
Before his first court appearance, the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office released a new mugshot with wide-eyed Brooks.
Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson confirmed the five deaths, ranging in age from 52 to 81. They include Virginia Sorenson, 79; LeAnna Owen, 71 years old; Tamara Durand, 52 years old; Jane Kulich, 52 years old; and Wilhelm Hospel, 81.
The tragedy left three members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies dead and at least 18 children among a total of 48 injured.
Just three weeks ago, Brooks was released on a $ 1,000 bond after allegedly running over a woman who claimed to be the mother of his son.
The Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office said Monday that bail was “inappropriately low” given Brooks’s extensive criminal record. The office has since launched an internal investigation to determine how Brooks was awarded such a low bond.
In 2006, he was convicted of having consensual sex with a 15-year-old girl in Nevada, who later gave birth to his son, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office.
He pleaded guilty and was released on parole.
Then Brooks was jailed in 2016 for failing to register as a sex offender. He was released on bail but did not appear in court, prompting an arrest warrant to be issued against him. New York Post reported.