Waukesha Christmas Parade defendant Darrell Brooks Jr. is charged with dozens more counts for injured victims

Bruce Vielmetti
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Darrell E. Brooks Jr. appears in Waukesha County Court in Waukesha on Nov. 23.

Prosecutors in Waukesha on Wednesday charged the man facing six homicide counts in the Waukesha Christmas Parade with 71 more counts.

Darrell E. Brooks Jr., 39, is set for a preliminary hearing Friday in the case. The dozens of counts of recklessly endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon cover threats and injuries to the many parade participants and spectators at the Nov. 21 event. The charges each carry a possible penalty of 12½ years in prison.

The amended complaint identifies the 67 victims in the separate counts with letters, from A to Z, AA to ZZ, and AAA to OOO. They were from eight groups marching in the parade, and some spectators, struck along a five-block stretch. 

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Prosecutors also added six counts of hit-and-run involving death, for the same six fatalities already charged as first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of bail jumping and two counts of domestic abuse battery. Hit-and-run involving death is punishable by 15 years in prison.

According to the amended complaint, the two domestic violence charges, both misdemeanors, involved Brooks' girlfriend and incidents at Frame Park during the parade and the day before.

The woman told police Brooks saw her in the park each day, and she got into his red Ford Escape to talk. On Nov. 20, she said, they argued and Brooks struck her in the head while driving. On Sunday, she drove around with him during more arguments, before exiting the Escape and walking back toward Frame Park.

She told detectives Brooks drove up again near White Rock School and confronted her. A friend with her tried to calm the situation, but Brooks pushed the friend away and drove off toward the parade, around 4:30 p.m. 

After allegedly plowing through the parade, Brooks was arrested later that night in a nearby neighborhood on the front porch of a man whom Brooks had asked for assistance.

The bail jumping counts stem from earlier incidents; Brooks was out on bail on two prior, open domestic violence cases from Milwaukee, and was not supposed to have contact with the woman or commit any crimes. 

In one case, Brooks' bail was set at $1,000, which Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm later agreed was "inappropriately low" for the circumstances and Brooks' history.

Brooks has been held at the Waukesha County Jail on $5 million bail. He is due back in court Friday morning for the preliminary hearing.

Contact Bruce Vielmetti at (414) 224-2187 or Follow him on Twitter at @ProofHearsay.