/The suspect in the deadly Waukesha parade crash has been charged with 5 counts of first-degree intentional homicide, prosecutors say a sixth victim has died – CNN

The suspect in the deadly Waukesha parade crash has been charged with 5 counts of first-degree intentional homicide, prosecutors say a sixth victim has died – CNN


The suspect in the deadly Waukesha parade crash

has been charged with 5 counts of first-degree intentional homicide,

prosecutors say a sixth victim has died

The suspect in the Waukesha parade incident was charged today. Here’s where things stand now.

Darrell Brooks, the suspect in Sunday’s fatal incident at the Waukesha Christmas parade, has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Brooks is accused of driving an SUV into the parade on Sunday, killing six people and injuring dozens more.

If you’re just reading in now, here’s what we know about the incident, the investigation and the suspect:

  • Death toll and injury count rise: A child died following the parade crash, bringing the death toll to six, prosecutors announced in court on Tuesday. Prosecutors also reported that at least 62 people were injured in the incident — up from the 48 injuries police had previously reported.
  • The charges: Brooks has officially been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, according to the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors said they will consider a sixth homicide charge, due to the child’s death. Brooks’ bail was set at $5 million because the judge said he believed Brooks was a flight risk.
  • Motive unclear: The motive in the case remains a mystery, although police said said they don’t believe the tragedy was an act of terrorism. Brooks was involved in a domestic disturbance with another person just before plowing his SUV through the parade, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said. Early indications were that Brooks was fleeing the initial incident, according to multiple law enforcement sources familiar with the preliminary investigation findings — but there was no police chase of Brooks leading up to the parade, Thompson said.

13 hr 7 min ago

Judge sets bail at $5 million cash for Waukesha parade suspect

From CNN’s Raja Razek

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Bail is set at $5 million cash for Darrell Brooks, the man who has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide after allegedly using his SUV to plow through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

The judge says he believes Brooks is a flight risk.

If convicted on all counts, Brooks faces five consecutive life sentences, according to prosecutors, and could spend the rest of his life in prison.

A note on the death count and the charges: Brooks has officially been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, according to the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office. But during his court hearing today, prosecutors said a sixth victim, a child, has also died.

Prosecutors said they will consider a sixth homicide charge due to the child’s death.

 

16 hr 34 min ago

Death toll rises to 6 after child dies following Waukesha parade incident, prosecutors say

From Kay Jones

A sixth person has died in relation to the Waukesha Christmas parade incident, according to prosecutors. The news came during the first court appearance for suspect Darrell Brooks in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

The sixth person is a child, the prosecutor said. Brooks is currently facing an additional charge of first-degree intentional homicide.

The hearing is ongoing.

Brooks was arrested on Sunday after allegedly using his SUV to plow through a Christmas parade in Waukesha.

 

16 hr 42 min ago

5 dancers remain in the ICU after Waukesha Christmas parade incident

From CNN’s Caroll Alvarado

Five dancers who were injured during the Waukesha Christmas parade incident remain in the ICU, according to a statement by the Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team.

“Our dancers have a multitude of serious physical injuries, of those, five dancers are currently in the ICU,” read the statement posted to the dance team’s Facebook page. 

The team has also set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for their members’ medical bills, loss of work, new costumes and other lost items.

 

16 hr 53 min ago

Court documents indicate at least 62 people injured in Christmas parade incident

From CNN’s Kay Jones

Charging documents filed against Waukesha parade incident suspect Darrell Brooks indicate a total of 62 people were injured, in addition to the five people killed Sunday.

Previously, authorities said 48 people were injured.

Brooks was arrested on Sunday after allegedly using his SUV to plow through a Christmas parade in Waukesha.

 

16 hr 48 min ago

Waukesha parade incident suspect charged with 5 counts of first-degree intentional homicide

From CNN’s Kay Jones

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Prosecutors officially charged Darrell Brooks with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide on Tuesday.

Brooks was arrested on Sunday after allegedly using his SUV to plow through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, killing five and injuring dozens more.

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said during a press conference on Monday that his office had recommended the charges to the district attorney.

 

17 hr 28 min ago

SOON: Suspect in Waukesha parade incident makes initial court appearance

Darrell Brooks, the suspect in Sunday’s fatal incident at the Waukesha Christmas parade, is expected to have his his initial court appearance in court at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Police said they would refer five counts of intentional homicide against the Milwaukee man after they say he barreled into the Waukesha Christmas parade Sunday, killing five people and injuring 48 more — including at least 18 children.

Brooks was released from jail less than two weeks ago after allegedly using a vehicle to run over a woman who said she was the mother of his child, court documents show.

The woman survived the Nov. 2 incident and was taken to a hospital for her injuries, according to a criminal complaint.

Prosecutors filed five charges related to the incident, including obstructing an officer, second-degree recklessly endangering safety with domestic abuse assessments, disorderly conduct with domestic abuse assessments and misdemeanor battery with domestic abuse assessments.

Brooks was released from jail Nov. 11 on $1,000 bail — an amount the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office had recommended but now questions.

 

21 hr 30 min ago

These are the charges against the suspect in Sunday’s deadly Waukesha parade

Waukesha, Wisconsin, Police Chief Dan Thompson said officials are referring five charges of intentional homicide for Darrell E. Brooks, the suspect in Sunday’s incident at the Christmas parade.

“At this time, the Waukesha Police Department is referring five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, with additional charges based on the investigation,” Thompson said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

Brooks is accused of careening his SUV into a Wisconsin parade, killing five people and injuring 48 others. He is the lone suspect in Sunday’s tragedy, Thompson said.

The charges against him include: Obstructing an officer, second-degree recklessly endangering safety with domestic abuse assessments, disorderly conduct with domestic abuse assessments and misdemeanor battery with domestic abuse assessments.

Brooks will have his initial appearance in court on Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local time).

You can read more about the investigation here.

 

21 hr 4 min ago

Milwaukee dance group: “Our hearts are heavy over the loss of our grannies and volunteer”

From CNN’s Christina Zdanowicz

Waukesha victims (L-R) Virginia Sorenson, Tamara Durand and LeAnna Owen

Waukesha victims (L-R) Virginia Sorenson, Tamara Durand and LeAnna Owen (Obtained by CNN)

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies shared an update on Tuesday morning, posting photos of three of the members who died in the Waukesha parade incident.

“Our hearts are heavy over the loss of our grannies and volunteer. Our injured grannies are in stable condition with one being released from the hospital Monday,” the group wrote on Facebook.

The group also posted photos of Waukesha victims Virginia Sorenson, 79; LeAnna Owen, 71 and Tamara Durand, 52.

The Dancing Grannies was formed in 1984 from what was originally a jazzercise group, one of the members told CNN affiliate WDJT earlier this year.

CNN’s Theresa Waldrop contributed reporting to this post.

 

9:54 a.m. ET, November 23, 2021

Suspect in Waukesha parade incident is a registered sex offender in Nevada

From CNN’s Paul P. Murphy

Darrell Brooks Jr. Brooks, the SUV driver who plowed into a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, on Sunday, November 21st, 2021

Darrell Brooks Jr. Brooks, the SUV driver who plowed into a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, on Sunday, November 21st, 2021 (Waukesha County Sheriff Office/AP)

Court and inmate records, in addition to the Nevada sex offender registry, show that the suspect authorities say is behind the fatal Waukesha parade incident is a registered sex offender in Nevada.

Darrell Brooks, according to the documents, pleaded guilty to statutory sexual seduction in November 2006.

Additional details about the case were not immediately available.

Brooks, according to Nevada inmate records, served his sentence in the Northern Nevada Correctional Center from March 2007 to September 2008.

CNN has been unable to identify Brooks’ lawyer for this case.

Brooks may be charged with five counts of intentional homicide when he appears in a Waukesha court later today.

Some background: The celebratory sounds of a Wisconsin Christmas parade were interrupted by terrified screams Sunday after a vehicle plowed into participants and spectators gathered for the event in Waukesha, a city about 20 miles west of downtown Milwaukee.

You can read more about how events unfolded here.

 

9:50 a.m. ET, November 23, 2021

Members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies were among the victims of Waukesha’s deadly parade

From CNN’s Theresa Waldrop

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a marching, dancing holiday fixture in Wisconsin for nearly 40 years were hit by tragedy as they marched on Sunday, November 21st, 2021

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a marching, dancing holiday fixture in Wisconsin for nearly 40 years were hit by tragedy as they marched on Sunday, November 21st, 2021 (CBS 58 Milwaukee/AP)

The tragedy in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday brought the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies into a sad spotlight.

Members of the group were among the five people killed when an SUV driver slammed into a Christmas parade, according to its Facebook page.

The Grannies who died “were extremely passionate,” the post said. “Their eyes gleamed…..joy of being a Grannie. They were the glue….held us together.”

Who are the Grannies and what do they do?

For one, they probably aren’t your grandma’s grandmas.

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies have been bringing joy to Wisconsin parade crowds from Memorial Day to Christmas, sashaying with their pompoms in costumes that fit the occasion, for decades.

“They have won many trophies, but it’s the enthusiasm and smiles from children and adults of all ages that warm the hearts of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies,” the group’s website says.

The only requirement to be a member is to be a grandmother, the group says.

The Dancing Grannies was formed in 1984 from what was originally a jazzercise group, one of the members told CNN affiliate WDJT earlier this year.

They go out to dinners together and carpool to a parade in Minnesota once a year, a member told WDJT. “It’s a good time,” she said.

The group was devastated by Sunday’s tragedy, the group said in Facebook.

“Our group was doing what they loved, performing in front of crowds in a parade putting smiles on faces of all ages, filling them with joy and happiness.”

 

9:15 a.m. ET, November 23, 2021

Court records show Waukesha parade suspect was out on bail

From CNN’s Ralph Ellis, Kay Jones and Holly Yan

The man accused of careening his SUV into a Wisconsin parade, killing five people and injuring 48 others, was out on bond after allegedly running over a woman who said she’s the mother of his child earlier this month, according to court documents.

Darrell E. Brooks, 39, of Milwaukee is the lone suspect in Sunday’s tragedy, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said.

Brooks may be charged with five charges of intentional homicide, and more charges are possible, Thompson said.

Now, some are wondering why Brooks was released on $1,000 bond after allegedly running over a woman on Nov. 2 — an amount the district attorney’s office now calls “inappropriately low.”

About the Nov. 2 incident: Brooks is accused of running over a woman with his car while she was walking through a gas station parking lot on Nov. 2, according to a criminal complaint. The woman Brooks allegedly ran over with his car in the Nov. 2 incident told authorities that she was the mother of his child, according to the criminal complaint.

“Officers observed tire tracks on her left pants leg,” the criminal complaint read.

Prosecutors filed five charges related to the incident including: obstructing an officer; second-degree recklessly endangering safety with domestic abuse assessments; disorderly conduct with domestic abuse assessments; and misdemeanor battery with domestic abuse assessments.

Brooks was also charged with bail jumping because he was already out on bail following an incident from July 24, 2020, according to court documents.

The Milwaukee District Attorney’s office now says it should not have recommended such a low bail for Brooks and have launched an internal review into the decision.

“The State’s bail recommendation in this case was inappropriately low in light of the nature of the recent charges and the pending charges against Mr. Brooks,” the office’s said in a statement.

“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, nor was it consistent with the risk assessment of the defendant prior to setting of bail.”

CNN reached out to Brooks’ attorney from the 2020 and earlier November 2021 incident about the district attorney’s statement, but has not yet received a response.

Read more here.

 

8:48 a.m. ET, November 23, 2021

Waukesha School District remains closed today following parade tragedy

From CNN’s Joe Sutton

The Waukesha School District has announced they will be closed Tuesday, according to a post on the district’s website and social media accounts.

“We are deeply saddened by yesterday’s events and the tremendous effect they are having on both our school community and the larger Waukesha community. The School District of Waukesha will again be closed for classes on Tuesday, November 23, as we continue to focus on our kids, staff, and families by making resources available to them…” the statement from the district said.

Classes are expected to resume Monday following the holiday break.

 

8:21 a.m. ET, November 23, 2021

What we know about the victims in the Waukesha parade incident

From CNN’s Claudia Dominguez and Lauren M. Johnson

Five people were killed and 48 were injured after a red SUV sped into Waukesha’s Christmas parade Sunday afternoon.

The five deceased victims from Sunday’s incident range in age from 52 to 81 and include four women and one man, according to Police Chief Dan Thompson.

The city of Waukesha confirmed the names of the victims Monday as Virginia Sorenson, 79; LeAnna Owen, 71; Tamara Durand, 52; Jane Kulich, 52 and Wilhelm Hospel, 81.

Here’s what we know about some of the victims:

LeAnna Owen: The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies posted a statement on Facebook Monday, saying members of the group were among the dead Sunday in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

One of those women was Owen, who had been the manager at Packard Glen Apartments for almost 10 years, property owner Dave Schmidt told CNN. His staff posted a statement for residents informing them of her death, as a member of the group.

“This was one of her passions that she truly loved,” the statement said. “She was so proud to be part of this group and lit up when she talked about it.”

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies did not mention how many members of the group were affected or injured in the incident.

Jane Kulich: Milwaukee native Jane Kulich, 52, was representing her employer, Citizens Bank, in the parade when she was struck and killed, according to her daughter Taylor Smith.

“She was an amazing mom and grandma. Everyone loved her,” Smith told CNN.

Kulich is survived by her three children and three grandchildren.

 

9:43 a.m. ET, November 23, 2021

The suspect in the Waukesha Christmas parade will appear in court today. Here’s what we know.

From CNN’s Raja Razek

Initial charges are expected to be filed Tuesday against the suspect in Sunday’s fatal incident at the Waukesha Christmas parade, according to a statement from Waukesha County District Attorney’s office.

“We are working closely with the City of Waukesha Police Department to review the matter and decide what criminal charges will be issued. Initial charges are expected to be filed tomorrow,” read the statement released Monday.

“Additional charges will be considered at a later time, as the investigation unfolds and the full extent of injuries is known,” the statement added.

Earlier Monday, police identified the suspect as Darrell Brooks, 39, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He will have his initial appearance in court on Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local time). Police have recommended five charges of intentional homicide after at least five people were killed and 48 others were injured in the chaos.

Some background: The celebratory sounds of a Wisconsin Christmas parade were interrupted by terrified screams Sunday after a vehicle plowed into participants and spectators gathered for the event in Waukesha, a city about 20 miles west of downtown Milwaukee.


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