On Wednesday, the jury in the Darrell Brooks trial reached a verdict in the 76 charges that Brooks faced after he drove his Ford Escape through a Christmas Parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin in November of last year, killing 6 and injuring several dozen others.
Darrell Brooks was found guilty of six counts of first-degree intentional homicide. Brooks listened as all 76 charges came back with a guilty verdict.
The jury was sequestered after deliberating for just under two hours on Tuesday night. They then resumed their work Wednesday morning.
Brooks initially faced 83 charges in the case. Before trial, in late August, Waukesha County Judge Jennifer Dorow sided with the defense and struck Counts 78-83 (six counts of homicide by vehicle, use of a controlled substance). The judge ruled there cannot be multiple punishments for the same crime.
On Sept. 30, Count 77, misdemeanor battery/domestic abuse, was dismissed by prosecutors.
FROM THAT DAY
Moments after the SUV drives by, screams can be heard in the background. A law enforcement official is then seen giving chase after the SUV.
“There were lots of families, lots of small children there. A red SUV came running down the street, hitting a lot of people in the parade,” Kaylee Staral, an eyewitness, told CNN.
Staral, from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper, said the SUV plowed into the paradegoers between 20 and 30 minutes after the festivities began.
“There were a lot of screams,” Staral said. “We thought maybe it was Santa, but it was a red SUV and it hit a lot of people.”
Moments later, Staral said that there were “multiple people on the ground.” She later clarified that there were some 30 people on the ground.
The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, which describes itself on its Facebook page as “group of grannies that meet once a week to practice routines for summer and winter parades,” says its members are among the five dead and more than 40 injured in the Waukesha Christmas parade incident.
“Our group was doing what they loved, performing in front of crowds in a parade putting smiles on faces of all ages, filling them with joy and happiness,” it said in a statement. “While performing the grannies enjoyed hearing the crowds cheers and applause which certainly brought smiles to their faces and warmed their hearts.”
“Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies,” the group also said, adding that “our hearts are heavy at this most difficult time, as more information and updates become available it will be posted.”
Jodi Singsime, a witness to the parade disaster, told “Fox & Friends” on Monday that the vehicle “just came barreling right in front of us, right where we were standing. And then he kept going so we saw and heard everything.”
Singsime says she spotted “a little boy on the ground” who was “turning purple.”
“He had a pulse, I felt his neck. There was another nurse there with me and we were talking about doing rescue breathing — then at that moment we heard somebody say the medics are here. I got up and again someone came running past us and said ‘active shooter’ — I think we heard it three different times so everybody cleared the streets and ran back into the shops and hunkered down in the shops again,” she continued.
“When we came back out the final time, the streets — there was just debris everywhere and it was pretty cleared up, people were being sent home,” Singsime added.