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Bail set at $5 million for Waukesha parade suspect

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Posted at 2:05 PM, Nov 23, 2021

WAUKESHA — Prosecutors in Wisconsin have charged a man with intentional homicide in the deaths of five people who were killed when an SUV was driven into a Christmas parade.

Prosecutors say a sixth person, a child, has died and additional charges are pending. Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, was charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the crash Sunday in Waukesha.

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Darrell Brooks, center, is escorted out of the courtroom after making his initial appearance, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 in Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wis. Prosecutors in Wisconsin have charged Brooks with intentional homicide in the deaths of at least five people who were killed when an SUV was driven into a Christmas parade. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, Pool)

He made his initial court appearance Tuesday. The city’s livestream video and bystander video captured the chaotic scene when an SUV sped along the parade route and then into the crowd.

Authorities say 62 people were injured, including many children. Several remain in critical condition.

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Darrell Brooks, escorted by sheriff deputies, makes his initial appearance, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 in Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wis. Prosecutors in Wisconsin have charged Brooks with intentional homicide in the deaths of at least five people who were killed when an SUV was driven into a Christmas parade. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, Pool)

Conviction on first-degree intentional homicide carries a mandatory life sentence.

The cash bail for Brooks has been set for $5 million dollars.

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