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Wisconsin Christmas parade crash driver bound for trial

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 2 days ago Joseph Wilkinson

The Wisconsin man accused of killing six people, including an 8-year-old boy, as his car plowed through a Christmas parade in Waukesha was bound for trial Friday at his preliminary hearing.

Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, is charged with 77 crimes, including six counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Waukesha County Court Commissioner Kevin Costello decided there was ample evidence for Brooks to face trial on every count. Brooks has been behind bars since he was detained after the Nov. 21 parade rampage. He is held on $5 million bail.

Darrell Brooks Jr. appears at his preliminary hearing. © Derek Johnson Darrell Brooks Jr. appears at his preliminary hearing.

Darrell Brooks Jr. appears at his preliminary hearing. (Derek Johnson/)

Prosecutors called a single witness, police officer Thomas Casey, who said cops yelled at Brooks and told him to stop before and during his rampage through the parade route in Waukesha, a west Milwaukee suburb.

Brooks’ defense attorneys said he was high on marijuana for his chaotic drive and that he never meant to kill anyone. Prosecutors said if that was true he could’ve simply stopped the vehicle.

Brooks’ arraignment, where he will enter pleas on all 77 counts, was scheduled for Feb. 11. He did not speak at Friday’s hearing.

According to police, Brooks met up with his ex-girlfriend around 4 p.m. on Nov. 21, where the pair argued about why she hadn’t bailed him out of jail days earlier after he was arrested for driving over her with his car. Inside his red SUV, Brooks allegedly punched the woman in the face repeatedly until she got out.

That’s when he allegedly drove into the parade route, crushing dozens of people before abandoning the car and holing up in a nearby home. Police tracked Brooks there and arrested him.

Brooks was out on $1,000 bail for the initial domestic violence arrest two days before the rampage.

“The bail recommendation in this case is not consistent with the approach of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office toward matters involving violent crime,” the DA’s office said in a statement.

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