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Suspect in Wisconsin Christmas parade crash charged with homicide

If convicted, 39-year-old Darrell Brooks would face a life sentence

FILED - A police officer investigates the scene in downtown Waukesha after a SUV vehicle plowed into the Waukesha Christmas parade in Wisconsin. Several people were dead and dozens injured. Photo: Mark Hertzberg/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa.
A police officer investigates the scene after a SUV vehicle plowed into the Waukesha Christmas parade in Wisconsin. Photo: Mark Hertzberg/dpa.

 A US motorist accused of driving his car into a crowd at a Christmas parade in Wisconsin has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, the state prosecutor said at a hearing Tuesday.

The suspect, 39-year-old Darrell Brooks, was charged with five counts - one for each of the five people who died at the scene on Sunday in Waukesha. He is expected to face a sixth homicide charge over a child who died later from injuries.

According to court documents cited by broadcaster CNN, 62 people were injured.

Waukesha County Court Commissioner Kevin Costello set bail at five million dollars. "The nature of this offence is shocking," he said.

If convicted, Brooks would face a life sentence.

Actions 'intentional'

He was taken into custody by police on Sunday.

Officers at the scene have said that the way the motorist steered his vehicle into the crowd on Sunday indicated his actions were intentional.

Police have not yet identified a motive but initially ruled out terrorism.

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