Authorities charged Darrell Brooks, the man accused of driving through a Waukesha holiday parade, with five counts of intentional homicide on Nov. 23.
Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper said that she plans to file an additional charge of intentional homicide this week following the recent death of a sixth person, a minor, from injuries sustained in the parade incident.
If convicted on all counts, Brooks, 39, faces five consecutive life sentences.
Brooks made his initial court appearance where his bail was set at $5 million after the court heard a review of Brooks’ extensive criminal record, which includes arrests for sexual abuse, battery, and domestic abuse.
“It’s extraordinarily high, but it’s an extraordinarily big case,” Waukesha County Commissioner Kevin Costello said.
“I’ve not seen anything like this in my very long career,” Costello also said.
Brooks did not enter plea during the court hearing.
According to a criminal complaint filed on Nov. 23, police officers who were working security at the parade said that the incident appeared to be intentional.
“This was an intentional act to strike and hurt as many people as possible,” one officer said after witnessing Brooks take “an abrupt left turn” into the crowd.
Several witnesses in the complaint also reported that Brooks was driving in a zigzag pattern, with no attempt to stop or slow down.
Authorities said that there was no clear motive as to why Brooks allegedly drove through the crowd.
According to the charging documents, Brooks injured a total of 62 people as a result of his driving.
Brooks is due back in court on Jan. 14.
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