EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA. (THECOUNT) — Kaivon Washington, 18, Everett Lee, 28, Casen Carver, 18, and an unidentified 17-year-old male, are all in custody in connection to the rape of Louisiana State University sophomore Madison Brooks.
“Madi” Brooks, 19, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, died after she was struck by a vehicle following an alleged rape after a night of drinking at Reggie’s, a bar near the LSU campus on Jan. 15.
Brooks reportedly entered a vehicle occupied by the four suspects after asking for a ride home. At some point, two of the suspects allegedly raped her in the backseat before eventually dropping her off at a Gardere subdivision. Brooks was later fatally struck by a rideshare driver on Burbank Drive near Pelican Lakes Parkway around around 3 a.m.
The four suspects turned themselves in Monday, more than a week after Brooks, a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, was fatally struck.
According to NYpost, Carver admitted to police that Brooks “was very unstable on her feet, was not able to keep her balance, and was unable to speak clearly without slurring her words.”
Carver told investigators he witnessed Brooks and the 17-year-old boy “hugging and walking together,” saying she asked for a ride home.
“He admitted that he agreed to give her a ride because he did not want to leave her while very intoxicated and the bar was closing up,” the arrest warrant says.
Carver told authorities that he sat in the driver’s seat and Lee was in the front passenger seat, while Washington and the 17-year-old were in the back along with Brooks.
He said he asked Brooks for her address, “but she fell over and could not answer him.” the warrant says, “so he drove a short distance and pulled over.”
Carver “stated he overheard his 17-year-old juvenile friend as he asked the victim five times if she wanted to have sex with him,” to which Brooks “gave verbal consent,” according to the document.
He said the 17-year-old and Washington then had sex with Brooks before he told them, “We got to stop this, let’s go,” the document says.
When asked during the police interview if he thought the woman was too impaired to give consent to sex, Carver said, “I guess.”
Investigators said she had a blood-alcohol content of 0.319% — nearly four times the legal limit.
Washington and the unidentified 17-year-old were charged with third-degree rape, while Lee and Carver were charged with principal to third-degree rape.
According to Louisiana law, a third-degree rape charge generally involves a victim who is “incapable of resisting or of understanding the nature of the act by reason of a stupor or abnormal condition of mind produced by an intoxicating agent or any cause and the offender knew or should have known of the victim’s incapacity,” KSLA. reported.
In a statement, LSU president William Tate said:
“Madison was a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister, a niece, a classmate, and a friend to many of you. By all accounts, she was an amazing young woman with limitless potential. She should not have been taken from us in this way. What happened to her was evil, and our legal system will parcel out justice.
“Our collective grief and outrage cannot be put into mere words. So what can we do? It is time for action. One place to target our attention is the very place where this encounter began,” Tate wrote.
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