Darrell Brooks in court, Milwaukee witness intimidation case bail set

Darrell Brooks, the Milwaukee man charged in the Waukesha Christmas Parade attack, appeared in court via Zoom for an unrelated case.

Another bail amount has been set in Milwaukee County for the 39-year-old – this time for a witness intimidation case.

Another bail amount has been set in Milwaukee County, unrelated to the Waukesha parade attack – this time for a witness intimidation case.

Wednesday was in initial appearance in that case. He is accused of making dozens of calls from jail to the victim in a Milwaukee domestic violence case; 14 of those calls were allegedly intimidating.

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The prosecution asked the court for $50,000 bail in the witness intimidation case. Brooks now has two bail amounts in Milwaukee County. Together, they total a quarter-million dollars.

"He has eight prior criminal convictions in Wisconsin, at least one out-of-state, at the time of these offenses if they are proven to be true. He had two open cases in Milwaukee County," prosecutor Matthew Torbenson said "He has demonstrated, through his conduct, if these allegations prove to be true, that he commits crimes whether he’s in custody or out of custody."

The defense argued a high bail was not needed, since Brooks is already being held on a $5 million bail in Waukesha County for the parade attack case and a $200,000 bail in the domestic violence case. In that case, he is accused of trying to run over the mother of his child in Milwaukee prior to the Waukesha incident.

"His circumstances are not changing anytime soon – on one hand this is a moot argument, because he’s not going anywhere," said defense attorney Robert Hampton.

In the end, the judge sided with the prosecution and ruled the $50,000 bail figure was appropriate in the witness intimidation case.

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Brooks is being housed in the Waukesha County Jail, but will need to be shuttled to Milwaukee County for his virtual court appearance in the related cases; Waukesha does not have Zoom available for housed inmates.

A status conference in the domestic violence case was scheduled for Wednesday, but was moved to Feb. 9 to line up with a preliminary hearing on the more recent witness intimidation charges.

Brooks is charged with 77 total counts in connection the parade attack.

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