Suspect in Wisconsin Parade Incident Charged with Homicide

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Prosecutors in Waukesha, Wisconsin, charged a man with five counts of intentional manslaughter on Tuesday after he allegedly rammed an SUV into a Christmas parade on Sunday.

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A sixth person, a child, has died, and prosecutors at the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office said more charges are pending. Sixty-two people were injured.

According to the Associated Press, the suspect, 39-year-old Darrell Brooks of Milwaukee, can be heard crying during the proceedings. If convicted, he faces a mandatory life sentence in each case.


District Attorney Sue Oper did not indicate what additional charges she may file.

On Monday, Waukesha Police Department Chief Dan Thompson said police had no motive for the attack and no evidence that Sunday night’s accident in a Milwaukee suburb was terrorism-related. Police said it happened minutes after the suspect was involved in a domestic disturbance, but officers were not pursuing him at the time.

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Video from the scene shows a red SUV driving across the parade route as the parade goes on, striking a marching band and other participants from behind without slowing down.

Four women, aged between 52 and 79, and an 81-year-old man died in the incident on Sunday.

A local Milwaukee television station, citing police and court sources, said Brooks was released from prison Friday after posting bail for earlier charges, including battery and disorderly conduct.

Some information for this report has been received from The Associated Press and Reuters.

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