Four people have been arrested after a Louisiana State University student was raped and thrown to the side of the road, where she was hit by an oncoming carpool driver.
In the early morning hours of January 15, Madison Brooks, a 19-year-old sophomore at LSU, was killed after leaving a local bar in Baton Rouge.
Kaivon Washington, 18, and an unidentified 17-year-old suspect have been charged with third-degree rape. Two other suspects, 18-year-old Casen Carver and 28-year-old Everett Lee, also face third-degree primary rape charges following the same incident.
Under Louisiana law, third-degree rape occurs when a person cannot knowingly consent due to “stupor or an abnormal state of mind produced by an intoxicating agent.”
According to the arrest warrant, investigators first identified Brooks leaving the bar with Carver.
“The co-defendant testified that the victim was very unsteady on his feet, was unable to keep his balance, and was unable to speak clearly without articulating his words,” Carver’s arrest warrant reads.
Carver told investigators he agreed to drive Brooks home because he was concerned about his drunkenness.
Video footage obtained by the sheriff’s office confirmed that she was clearly very drunk. A subsequent blood test confirmed that his blood alcohol level was 0.319, nearly four times the legal limit for driving and enough to cause alcohol poisoning in a patient.
Brooks was in the back seat of the car with Washington and the 17-year-old suspect. Shortly after she started driving, she said she fell and couldn’t answer questions.
Carver told investigators that Brooks was unable to answer him when asked for his address. Instead, Carver drove a short distance and parked.
Carver said the 17-year-old asked Brooks for sex five times. Carver claimed she eventually gave him her “verbal consent”. Washington and the 17-year-old then proceeded to rape her in the back seat, deputies said.
Carver admitted that he and Lee remained in the front seat of the car during the alleged rape. He told his friends “we have to stop this, let’s go”, and they closed in and left the scene.
Carver told investigators the incident made him feel uncomfortable and that he “hated it”. When asked if Brooks was too drunk to consent, Carver replied “I guess she was.”
Still unsure of Brooks’ address, Carver drove around the area before dropping her off at a subdivision.
Brooks was hit by an oncoming car around 2:50 a.m., about 50 minutes after leaving the car.
“By all accounts, she was an incredible young woman with unlimited potential. She shouldn’t have been taken from us like this. What happened to him was evil, and our legal system will do justice,” LSU President William F Tate said. “Our collective grief and outrage cannot be expressed in mere words.”
According to her sorority, Brooks was an organ donor and was able to donate after her death. “Our lifelong friend was also a hero, Madi donated her heart and kidneys to save others,” the chapter posted on https://www.instagram.com/p/CnuazNapu5d/?hl=en
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