According to a report, a nephew of the suspect at the deadly Wisconsin Christmas parade pleaded with a judge to slap him with a no-contact order after he shot him in a fight over a cell phone in 2020.
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Annie Brooks said in a victim impact statement that the incident involving Darrell Brooks in July of that year affected her “more emotionally than physically”. Daily Mail reported,
“This led me to the conclusion that this man was not my family or relative,” Anaji said in a handwritten note filed in September 2021, according to the news outlet.
“Family shouldn’t hurt family the way it did. It’s already eroded my trust in people,” said Anazi, who lives in the same house as her uncle in Milwaukee’s Arlington Heights area. were, the report said.
The nephew told the outlet that he could not discuss Brooks’ case.
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According to records, Brooks has had a pending assault case since July 2020—in which he was released in March when his $7,500 bail was dropped to just $500.
Meanwhile, a woman who met the suspect on the social website Mocospace told the Daily Mail that her mother and sister were wary of her.
“I used to blame him on my friend. But when my mother first met her she said, ‘I don’t like that,’ and my younger sister said there was something about her she didn’t like,” Marsha Winters, 29, told the paper.
“But they never told me what they didn’t like,” she said, adding that she didn’t have a serious relationship with Brooks and didn’t even know his real name until after the attack in Waukesha.
“I always knew him as Fly,” she said, referring to the aspiring rapper’s stage name, Mathboi Fly.
Winters told the outlet that Brooks called him over the summer from prison, where he was serving four months for non-payment of child support, to ask if they could get together later.
“He came and we joked, but he didn’t stay here — my mother wouldn’t let him,” she said.
The college student continued, “He was always calm, he used to tell me that I needed to finish school and he would always say that he was proud of me.” If she is convicted in the parade she will not go behind the bars. Deaths.
When asked if she believed Brooks intentionally plowed the crowd, she said: “You don’t know what people are capable of until they do.”
Brooks has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional manslaughter, but prosecutor Susan Opper said Tuesday that he would be charged with a sixth after the death of 8-year-old Jackson Sparks, who was in critical condition after the attack.
Each murder count carries a possible sentence of life without parole. Wisconsin does not have a death penalty law.
Police said the wannabe rapper was on the run from domestic unrest when he barricaded past police barricades and onto a parade route, where he crushed marchers and onlookers.
In addition to the deaths, officials now say 62 people were injured during the attack, including children still in critical condition.