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Bail set at $5 million for Waukesha Christmas parade massacre suspect

The prosecution said a sixth child had died due to the attack, and that Darrell Brooks would be charged with six counts of intentional homicide.

Published: November 23, 2021 5:20pm

Updated: November 23, 2021 6:02pm

The bail for Darrell Brooks, Jr., who is accused of killing people by driving into them during the Waukesha Christmas parade on Sunday, was set at $5 million on Monday.

The judge said that he had "no problem" with the state's proposed bail of $5 million, as "the nature of this offense is shocking." He added that he hadn't "seen anything like this in my career" and said that the bail was "extraordinarily high" due to the case itself and Brooks' history being "extraordinary."

"The smallish bails you were out on didn't do very well," the judge noted, and said Brooks doesn't "respond well to common sense" and societal norms.

Brooks was accused of running over the mother of his child earlier this month in a Milwaukee gas station parking lot with his maroon 2010 Ford Escape and was free on $1,000 bail.

Brooks' preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 14.

The prosecutor mentioned at the hearing that more than 60 people had been injured and a sixth child had died as a result of the parade attack, and that Brooks would be charged with six counts of intentional homicide. If any others die, additional counts would be added, she noted.

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