Waukesha Killer Offered 'Extraordinary' Bail Again after Sixth Victim, a Child, Dies
Suspect in Christmas parade massacre, Darrell Brooks, Jr., granted bail
The suspect in Sunday's Waukesha Christmas parade massacre, Darrell Brooks, Jr., has been offered the "extraordinary" opportunity to post bail, again, as the sixth victim of the attack, an 8-year-old child, has just died from his injuries.
Brooks, a 39-year-old black male, is the suspected driver of the red SUV that plowed into the crowd at the parade, injuring 61 people.
"Brooks was charged Tuesday with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the parade incident, court documents show,” CNN reported.
Authorities are expected to file a 6th first-degree homicide charge against the suspect in the wake of Jackson Sparks, 8, succumbing to his injuries.
"[The suspect’s] bail was set at $5 million,” the Associated Press reported.
"He will likely appear in court next on Jan. 14, 2022.”
Before stating their bail request, district attorneys read from Brooks' lengthy rap sheet.
The record reveals a violent criminal history which included prior offenses for jumping bail.
They announced that they were asking for a $5 million bail amount.
Court Commissioner Kevin M. Costello granted the requested amount, saying, "I have no problem with the bail being recommended by the state."
Bail has become a hot-button issue in the Waukesha case after it was revealed that Brooks was released on a shockingly low $1,000 bail just ten days before he allegedly perpetrated the massacre.
He made bail after being charged with, among other things, running over the mother of his child with a vehicle.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney John T. Chisholm admitted Monday that Brooks was released on an "inappropriately low" bail that was contrary to their office's policy.
Chisholm promised an internal review into the low bail recommendation.
Given Brooks' history, many had hoped that he would be denied the opportunity to post bail entirely, as permitted under Wisconsin law.
During the course of the hearing, the district attorney also announced that a sixth of Brooks' alleged victims had passed away from injuries sustained in the attack, which caused Brooks to sob audibly in the courtroom, according to Fox News.
If Brooks is somehow able to post the $5 million bail, he will also be subject to a number of conditions, including wearing an ankle monitor and being prohibited from driving a car.