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6th victim dies in Wisconsin Christmas parade tragedy; Homicide Charges Filed – NBC Chicago

Wisconsin prosecutors filed a sixth murder charge against a man accused of deliberately driving his SUV during a Christmas parade in Waukesha earlier this month, killing six people and injuring more than 60 others.

Authorities say Darrell Brooks, 39, now faces a sixth charge of first degree manslaughter in this case. He had previously been charged with the deaths of five other people in the incident, but a sixth charge was added after 8-year-old Jackson Sparks died of his injuries the day after the Nov.21 crash.

Each of the charges carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, officials said.

An 81-year-old man, a 79-year-old woman and a 71-year-old woman were also among the five killed, police said at a press conference. The other victims were two 52-year-old women. Members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies club were among those killed, as was an employee of Citizens Bank.

Prosecutors have asked for a $ 5 million cash bond for the suspect in this case, citing his extensive criminal history and the seriousness of the charges.

At least 62 people were injured when the suspect “intentionally drove his brown SUV through barricades into crowds of people,” according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Waukesha County Court.

Police initially said 48 people were injured, but the complaint brought that number to 62.

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According to the criminal complaint, several police officers attempted to stop the vehicle at various points along the parade route, after one officer fired three shots at the vehicle.

The two officers named in the complaint said it appeared the driver was deliberately trying to hit pedestrians and made no effort to avoid the collisions that did occur.

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson at a press conference last week said officers were not chasing the suspect when he entered the parade route.

Thompson said there was no evidence the crash was a terrorist attack.

Police sources earlier told NBC News that Brooks was involved in a stabbing incident at the house before the accident, with the complaint confirming he was involved in an altercation.

It was not clear who the victim was and the exact circumstances surrounding the incident were not yet clear, and no charges were laid other than the six counts of intentional homicide.

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