Waukesha Christmas parade crash: Suspect charged with 6th count of first-degree homicide


MILWAUKEE — Darrell Brooks Jr., the man accused of driving his vehicle into the Waukesha Christmas Parade on Nov. 21, was charged Monday with a sixth count of first-degree intentional homicide, according to the Waukesha County District Attorney Office.

According to an amended criminal complaint, the charge is in connection with the death of a child who was struck in the attack and died two days later.

The child is not named in the complaint and instead is referred to as Victim F.

Jackson Sparks’ death was announced on his verified GoFundMe page and was confirmed by his baseball club and his family’s church to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He was 8. His 12-year-old brother, Tucker, was also struck and injured when he was hit by the SUV at the parade.

Tucker is among more than 60 people who were injured at the parade. Waukesha County District Attorney Sue Opper could file attempted homicide or reckless endangerment and reckless injury charges related to other victims.

She has not indicated when those decisions might be made.

At least one child is still on a ventilator and several children from the Xtreme dance team, who were performing at the parade, remain in the ICU, according to recent updates to GoFundMe pages. Conditions of many of the adults who were injured are unknown.

Related:Jackson Sparks, an 8-year-old boy, becomes the first child to die from injuries in the Waukesha Christmas Parade

Brooks, 39, of Milwaukee, made his initial court appearance last Tuesday, and was charged with five counts of intentional first-degree homicide. According to online court records, Circuit Judge Michael Bohren reviewed the amended complaint and will address it at Brooks’ next scheduled hearing Jan. 14.

At the initial hearing last week, Opper cited Brooks’ long record of convictions around Wisconsin and in other states and asked for a $5 million bail. Court Commissioner Kevin Costello called the amount extraordinary but fitting for this case.

According to the criminal complaint, Brooks had several options to exit the parade route, but instead increased his speed and plowed into the crowd. Witnesses told police he appeared to be zig-zagging in an attempt to hit as many people as possible.

The parade had already started when Waukesha Police Detective Tom Casey saw a 2010 Ford Escape coming south down White Rock Avenue toward the parade. Casey stepped in front of the Escape, pounded on the hood of the car and repeatedly yelled at Brooks to stop.

Brooks drove past, while Casey ran after the Escape and radioed other police officers as the SUV began hitting people. Another officer, Officer Bryce Butryn, also tried to stop the vehicle.

Brooks was able to drive away from the parade route and tried to hide the car near Carrol University, the complaint said. He was later arrested at a house where he stopped and asked for help, saying he was homeless.

Police identified the initial five victims who died as Virginia Sorenson, 79; Leanna Owen, 71; Tamara Durand, 52; Jane Kulich, 52; and Wilhelm Hospel, 81.

Brooks is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 14.

Each homicide charge carries a mandatory life sentence.

Contributing: Sophie Carson and Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

News Related

OTHER NEWS

NBA All-Stars: LeBron James ties All-Star Game record; Grizzlies' Ja Morant to make All-Star debut

Ja Morant was just 5 years old when LeBron James made his first All-Star Game in 2005. Morant, now 22, was selected on Thursday to his first All-Star Game. James, ... Read more »

Alden hedge fund appeals to investors in news publisher Lee

The Associated PressFILE – The Omaha World Herald building is seen in downtown Omaha, Neb. Nov. 30, 2011. Newspaper publisher Lee Enterprises is asking its shareholders to help it fight ... Read more »

'I love that': Cynthia Nixon defends Miranda Hobbes' midlife drama in 'And Just Like That…'

While some fans may not be pleased, Cynthia Nixon is loving the unconventional journey her “Sex and the City” character Miranda Hobbes is on in the HBO Max reboot. During ... Read more »

AP source: Kane joining Oilers after being cleared by NHL

The NHL has cleared Evander Kane after an investigation into his cross-border travel during the holiday break, paving the way for him to join the Edmonton Oilers. A person with ... Read more »

Ko builds on her rise back and opens with 63 at Boca Rio

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Lydia Ko continued take steps toward the top of women’s golf again on Thursday with birdies on half of her holes for a 9-under 63 ... Read more »

US Olympians get red carpet send-off to Beijing

Cowbells rang and tiny US flags waved inside an airplane hanger at Los Angeles International Airport as the US Olympic team departed for the Beijing Olympics Thursday morning. (jAN. 27) Read more »

Can the Bengals pull off the shocking upset of the Chiefs?

They beat them just over a month ago but a win in Arrowhead would shock the sports world. Andy Nesbitt debates if the Bengals have what it takes to beat ... Read more »

What to know about BA.2, the newest Covid omicron variant

It's called the "stealth" variant, but there's nothing particularly stealthy about it. Researchers are working to parse whether it is a new threat. Read more »

Ole Miss QB Matt Corral credits Lane Kiffin for turning him into top NFL prospect

Prior to this season Matt Corral wasn’t considered a consensus first round pick. After a stellar season at Ole Miss, Corral could be the first QB off the board. Read more »

Even Picasso's art is an NFT now

Picasso's heirs will release 1,010 NFTs of a never-before-seen ceramic piece. Read more »

'Absolutely': Ole Miss QB Matt Corral confident he's QB1 in this year's NFL Draft

Former Ole Miss QB and current top NFL QB prospect Matt Corral joined Sports Seriously this week and was asked if he felt he was the top quarterback prospect this ... Read more »

Appeals court mulls arguments on South Carolina abortion law

The Associated PressSouth Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster holds up a bill banning almost all abortions in the state after he signed it into law on Feb. 18, 2021, in Columbia, ... Read more »

Christine Sinclair re-signs with Portland Thorns

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Christine Sinclair has signed a one-year contract extension with the Portland Thorns of the National Women’s Soccer League. Sinclair is embarking on her ... Read more »

Family comedy tells story of coach Sean Payton's salvation after NFL scandal

While making ‘Home Team,’ Kevin James says he learned about coaching from Payton himself. (Jan. 27) Read more »

Georgia's Crean shrugs off questions about job security

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Tom Crean has had a busy week. He was inducted into the Marquette sports hall of fame and notched his first Southeastern Conference win of the ... Read more »

Yara Shahidi talks the return of 'grown-ish,' the ending of 'black-ish'

Yara Shahidi says new episodes of ‘grown-ish’ will focus on her character’s need to choose between “selfishness and self-care.” The actor also discusses her senior year as a Harvard student, ... Read more »

Family clarifies no 'Picasso NFT' is set to be sold online

GENEVA — Pablo Picasso’s family is not selling a digital asset linked to one of his works after all. After a granddaughter and great-grandson of the artist trumpeted the upcoming ... Read more »

LA's LeBron James sits out vs 76ers with sore left knee

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has a sore left knee and will miss Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Lakers coach Frank Vogel said James ... Read more »

'Licorice Pizza,' West Side Story,' 'Dune' score top guild nominations, clarifying Oscar race

Hopes that a few of last year’s biggest box-office hits, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “No Time to Die,” might join the best picture Oscar race were dealt a blow ... Read more »

Former Canucks F Jake Virtanen charged with sexual assault

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Former Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen has been charged with sexual assault following an investigation. Vancouver police said Thursday that one count of sexual assault ... Read more »

Moderna's omicron booster won't be ready before summer

The company started clinical trials on the variant-specific vaccine this week. Read more »

Man accused of stabbing K-9 now charged with killing father

The Associated PressIn this undated booking photo provided by the Houston, Texas Police Department shows Ryan Mitchell. Mitchell who is accused of stabbing a police dog Saturday, was free on ... Read more »

Home Depot names longtime executive as new CEO

The Home Depot on Thursday named a veteran executive as its new CEO. Edward “Ted” Decker, who has served as Home Depot’s chief operating officer since October 2020, will become ... Read more »

Old newcomers making big impacts in college basketball

There are a lot of old newcomers making a splash this season in college basketball. ACC top scorer Alondes Williams for Wake Forest and Pac-12 leader Terrell Brown Jr. at ... Read more »

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson embarks on spoken word tour

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has worn many hats, and even “some incredibly ridiculous trousers,” as he put it. Rock star, airline pilot, and cancer survivor are some of what ... Read more »

McConnell: Will give Biden nominee 'fair look'

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll give President Biden’s Supreme Court justice nominee a fair look. (Jan. 27) Read more »

Avenatti, Stormy Daniels face off in court

Stormy Daniels has taken her star turn on the witness stand at California lawyer Michael Avenatti’s trial, telling a jury he stole from her and lied to her. (Jan. 27) Read more »

Visa profits rise 27% as pandemic wanes and economies open

NEW YORK — Visa’s fiscal first-quarter profits rose 27%, as improving economies worldwide as well as more people using digital payments helped lift the company’s fortunes. The San Francisco-based company ... Read more »

'Fight Club': China changes explosive ending of the cult classic movie so the police win

The first, obvious rule of the “Fight Club” is: Don’t mess with the ending of the 1999 cult classic starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. But China has its own ... Read more »

iPhones rule: Apple delivers earnings blowout despite supply shortage

Apple shook off supply shortages that have curtailed production of iPhones and other popular devices to deliver its most profitable holiday season yet. The results posted Thursday for the final ... Read more »

Draymond Green signs with Turner Sports to contribute with 'Inside the NBA' while playing

Draymond Green has signed a multi-year deal with Turner Sports to become a regular contributor for “Inside the NBA,” the popular studio show that anchor’s the network’s NBA coverage. Green, ... Read more »

Steelers QB options: Will Pittsburgh find big name to replace Ben Roethlisberger?

As Ben Roethlisberger made official the retirement the Pittsburgh Steelers and their fans had expected for much of this season, the storied franchise now finds itself at a crossroads at ... Read more »

Treat your valentine to a Kate Spade purse for 75% off at the Kate Spade Surprise sale now

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Whether you’re after a trendy handbag that can take you back ... Read more »

Crowd in Toronto cheers on anti-vaccine trucker convoy

The Associated PressProtesters and supporters against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers cheer as a parade of trucks and vehicles pass through Kakabeka Falls outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario, ... Read more »

Apple's holiday iPhone sales surge despite supply shortages

SAN RAMON, Calif. — Apple shook off supply shortages that have curtailed production of iPhones and other popular devices to deliver its most profitable holiday season yet. The results posted ... Read more »

WH warns GOP: Don't play games with SCOTUS nominee

White House press secretary Jen Psaki warns Republicans not to “play games” by pre-emptively criticizing or prejudging President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee before she is even selected. (Jan. 27) Read more »

Save hundreds on a mattresses and shop deals on a ‘lifechanging' pillow at Tempur-Pedic now

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. There’s nothing quite like resting your head on an ultra-comfortable pillow ... Read more »

Growth slows again for Robinhood; stock falls after earnings

The Associated PressFILE – An electronic screen at Nasdaq displays Robinhood in New York’s Times Square following the company’s IPO, July 29, 2021. Growth keeps slowing for Robinhood Markets, the ... Read more »

Can Build Back Better solve racial inequities among entrepreneurs? 

The stakes couldn’t be higher for Biden’s economic legacy — as well as the financial future of America's mom-and-pop businesses. Read more »

'If it is too cold for you, it's too cold for your pet:' How to keep your dog safe during winter weather

The idea of an “outside dog,” one that is tough enough to withstand winter’s icy grip, is a myth, animal experts say. It’s just one of the dangers the season ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic