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Waukesha Christmas Parade hit and run suspect ordered to stand trial

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Six people were killed, including a child, in the incident.

A Wisconsin court commissioner said Friday that the suspect in November’s deadly hit-and-run during a Christmas parade in Waukesha is set to stand trial on more than six dozen charges.

Commissioner Kevin Costello said the court found probable cause and sentenced Darrell Brooks to a trial. Brooks, 39, faces life in prison on 77 criminal charges, including six counts of homicide.

On Nov. 21, Brooks drove his SUV into a crowd gathered for the parade, striking dozens of people, according to the criminal complaint. He allegedly ignored multiple calls from officers to stop his vehicle and continued to beat protesters, according to the complaint.

Dozens of children were among the victims, including 8-year-old Jackson Sparks, who was killed.

Tamara Durand, 52, Wilhelm Hospel, 81, Jane Kulich, 52, LeAnna Owen, 71, and Virginia Sorenson, 79, were also killed.

The motive behind Brooks’ alleged actions is unknown, however, court documents filed Wednesday gave new details about the events leading up to the incident.

Brooks allegedly beat his child’s mother minutes before heading to the parade because she refused to bail him out after he was arrested for allegedly hitting her with the same vehicle earlier in November, according to court documents.

Brooks was arrested during that incident but was released Nov. 19 after posting $1,000 bond, according to court documents.

Brooks is due to return to court on February 11.

Waukesha Christmas Parade hit and run suspect ordered to stand trial

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