The judge will decide whether the suspect for the Wisconsin parade will be tried


The judge is due to decide on Friday whether a Milwaukee a man accused of flying over a Christmas parade with his SUV, killing six people and injuring dozens of them, will be tried for murder.

Darrell Brooks Jr. is expected to perform Waukesha District Court before Judge Michael Bohren at a pre-trial hearing. Such hearings, when a judge decides whether there is enough evidence to detain a defendant at trial, are usually a formality, but can shed light on defense and prosecution strategies.

According to a criminal complaint, Brooks brought his mother’s burgundy Ford Escape to a parade in downtown Waukesh on Nov. 21. He continued to go despite requests from police officers to stop him, with some police officers telling investigators that the driver appeared to be trying to deliberately hit people. and “citizen witnesses” who tell detectives that the SUV never slowed down.

Some of the people he hit flew to the Escape cover; at one point, Brooks had to lean out of the driver’s window to steer because the person landed on the windshield, as stated in the complaint.

Six people died and dozens were injured. District Attorney Susan Opper charged Brooks with six counts of first-degree premeditated murder a few days later. He would face up to life in prison if convicted of at least one lawsuit. Opper added a number of additional charges this week, including reckless threat, punching and fleeing, including death, bail and battery jumping.

Possible motives remain unknown. Court documents filed Wednesday believe Brooks beat the mother of his child minutes before the parade drive because she refused to rescue him from prison after he was arrested for allegedly driving her over with the same vehicle in early November.

Brooks was arrested in neighboring Milwaukee County in that alleged previous incident. He was released from prison on Nov. 19, two days before the parade, after paying $ 1,000 bail.

Milwaukee County Attorney General John Chisholm, a Democrat, has received harsh criticism for his office recommending such a low bail for Brooks.

Chisholm told district officials in December that the COVID-19 pandemic had left a backlog of cases in his office. The risk assessment Brooks posed for the community never entered his office’s computer system and went unnoticed, Chisholm said, and the young, overworked assistant prosecutor recommended $ 1,000 bail for him so she could move on to other cases.

A group of Milwaukee County taxpayers filed a complaint with Gov. Tony Evers December demanded that Chisholma be removed from office. A lawyer hired by Eversa’s management to review the complaint found on Tuesday that the complaint had technical legal flaws and was invalid. Evers did not want to take action against Chisholm, a fellow Democrat.

Chisholm sought to abolish the bail, saying it was not fair to the poor defendants. He wants a new system in which only violent perpetrators are in prison until trial.

Brooks’ case has progressed Republicans legislators to introduce laws that would require a minimum bond of $ 10,000 for people who have previously committed a crime or violent offense. We would also demand Wisconsin The Ministry of Justice should create a “bond transparency report” detailing the offenses and the terms of the bond.

Evers and Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul said they would support a tougher bail policy.

Bohren is no stranger to high-profile cases. He led a lawsuit against two Waukesh girls who were accused of stabbing their classmate in 2014 to please a fictional horror character, Slender Man.


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