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WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS) — A child has become the sixth victim to die after a vehicle plowed through the Christmas Parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Tuesday, prosecutors said at the bond hearing for suspect Darrell Brooks.
Prosecutors also revealed that a total of 62 people were injured in the incident late Sunday. Some remain in very critical condition.
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Brooks is charged with five counts of intentional homicide, which is the legal equivalent of first-degree murder in Wisconsin, and carries a life sentence upon conviction. Prosecutors said a sixth count is expected to be filed with another victim having died.
Waukesha County Court Commissioner Kevin Costello set bail for Brooks at $5 million, meaning that he would have to pay the full $5 million – not a percentage of it – to be released.
As he sat at the defense table, Brooks hung his head and breathed heavily as the prosecution read his lengthy criminal history. He also sobbed, and was heard gasping after he learned a child had died, CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra reported.
The state said it considers Brooks a danger to Waukesha County and a flight risk, and requested the $5 million bond that the judge granted.
The defense’s only argument is that Brooks is not very financially sound.
Costello said even though $5 million cash was an incredibly high bond, he felt it appropriate.
Brooks, 39, was charged with five counts of murder after he allegedly plowed through the Christmas parade in Waukesha.
In a criminal complaint, prosecutors a Waukesha police detective by the name of Casey was working traffic control for the Christmas Parade at White Rock Avenue and East Main Street. The parade was already in progress when around 4:35 p.m. Sunday, Casey heard a call over Waukesha police radio that two people were fighting near White Rock School. Squads were sent to that scene to investigate.
Meanwhile, Casey heard a horn honking north of his location, and then he saw people spreading apart as a red Ford Escape plowed south on White Rock Avenue, the complaint said.
When the Ford Escape reached the intersection of White Rock Avenue and East Main Street, Detective Casey stepped in front of it and pounded on its hood, yelling, “Stop!” multiple times, the complaint said.
The Ford Escape kept going and turned west onto Main Street. At that time, the vehicle was traveling at a slow speed, and Casey kept telling the driver to stop while now pounding on the driver’s side window, prosecutors said.
But the Ford Escape – which Brooks was driving – kept going and sped up, the complaint said. The SUV went on to enter the parade route, and Casey issued a radio call for squads to respond in an emergency fashion, prosecutors said.
Brooks kept west on East Main Street, striking numerous pedestrians – including both parade participants and spectators, the complaint said. Casey saw three adult victims in the road with traumatic injuries – all of whom later died.
Two more victims were rushed to ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital and Aurora Medical Center-Summit, where they also each died, prosecutors said.
Meanwhile, Waukesha police Officer Butryn was assisting with crowd control at East Main Street and North East Avenue, when he heard a car was headed toward the parade route around 4:38 p.m.
He also tried to stop the vehicle and redirect it from the parade route, but the vehicle turned onto East Main Street and went through the parade, the complaint said.
Butryn reported the vehicle was initially sticking to the north side of the road in an open lane between parade participants and spectators, and said Brooks looked right at him and had no emotion on his face, the complaint said.
Butryn saw the vehicle pass the intersection of East Main and Buckley streets, and figured that if Brooks were lost and trying to get out of the parade route, it would be a reasonable place for him to do so, the complaint said. But that did not happen. Instead, Brooks kept going west on East Main Street and honked its horn, the complaint said.
Around Martin Street, the vehicle sped up from an initial speed of 25 mph, and nearly struck a small child who was in a parking stall on the north side of the road, the complaint said.
The vehicle then reached Northwest Barstow Street, and the brakes were activated, prosecutors said. Butryn thought the vehicle would stop and turn off the parade route onto Barstow Street, but instead, the vehicle took an abrupt left turn into the parade participants and spectators, the complaint said.
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“At this point, it was clear to Officer Butryn that this was an intentional act to strike and hurt as many people as possible,” the complaint said.
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