Louisiana sorority student Madison Brooks fatally struck by car after alleged rape
Four men have been arrested for allegedly raping a Louisiana State University student before abandoning her in a dark road, where she was struck by a ride-share car and killed.
Madison Brooks, a 19-year-old Alpha Phi sorority sister, spent the night of 14 January at Reggie’s Bar in Baton Rouge where she allegedly met her attackers.
Investigators said Brooks was then sexually assaulted by the four men in a car before they dropped her off along a road in the early hours of 15 January. A driver then hit the 19-year-old and she died hours later in hospital.
Kaivon Deondre Washington, 18, and a 17-year-old male who has not been named due to his age have been charged with third-degree rape.
Mr Washington’s uncle Everette Lee, 28, and Casen Carver, 18, are charged with principal to rape — they have since been released on bond.
An attorney for two of the suspects has claimed to local outlet KSLA that footage of the alleged sexual assault proves that they are innocent and the late 19-year-old consented. However, at a hearing on Tuesday, a judge said that the footage – along with other evidence – actually proves a crime did occur.
Suspects seen ‘callously’ laughing at victim in video
Prior to setting bond, Judge Brad Myers said he had watched a video showing suspects “callously” laughing at Madison Brooks while she slurred her words inside the car where her alleged rape took place, according to reporting by WAFB9. However, he said the video did not show the alleged assault.
The video was filmed by one of the suspects.
The judge said he had also viewed video filmed at Reggie’s bar, where Madison met her alleged attackers, which is said to have shown her stumbling, falling over and needing help. Madison’s state of mind, and her ability to have consented to sex, are at the heart of the case.
Phil Thomas26 January 2023 00:16
Recap: Three men and one minor charged in rape case of Madison Brooks
Oliver O’Connell25 January 2023 23:30
Reggie’s Bar: Series of incidents reported before Madison Brooks’ alleged rape and death
A bar where 19-year-old Lousiana State University student Madison Brooks met three underage males accused of participating in her rape has a history of previous violent incidents.
The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control announced on Tuesday that it was issuing an emergency suspension for Reggie’s bar in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following the tragic death of Brooks on 15 January.
Andrea Blanco has the story.
Oliver O’Connell25 January 2023 22:00
Outraged community demands justice for LSU student
The city of Baton Rouge has been shaken by the alleged rape of Madison Brooks that led to her tragic death when she was struck by a car. Fellow LSU students, mothers and the university’s president demand justice for her, as Andrea Blanco and Rachel Sharp report.
Oliver O’Connell25 January 2023 21:15
Liquor licence suspended at bar where LSU student met alleged attackers
The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control announced on Tuesday that it was issuing an emergency suspension for Reggie’s bar in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following the tragic death of 19-year-old Madison Brooks.
The agency cited “the seriousness of the allegations and the potential threat to public safety”.
Oliver O’Connell25 January 2023 20:30
Suspects could face higher charges
Prosecutors in the Madison Brooks case have vowed to upgrade the charges against the alleged attackers.
Prosecutor Stuart Theriot said at Tuesday’s bond hearing that the state would seek upgraded charges of first-degree rape and planned to convene a grand jury in the case.
Kaivon Deondre Washington, 18, and a 17-year-old male who has not been named due to his age have been charged with third-degree rape. Mr Washington’s uncle Everette Lee, 28, and Casen Carver, 18, are charged with principal to rape.
Mr Washington had his bond set by 19th Judicial District Judge Brad Myers at $150,000. Mr Lee was given a $75,000 bond and Mr Carver was given a $50,000 bond.
The 17-year-old’s bond hearing has been postponed to February.
Both Mr Lee and Mr Carver were released from jail under house arrest on Wednesday morning.
Oliver O’Connell25 January 2023 19:40
LSU Alpha Phi sorority posts tribute to Madison
Oliver O’Connell25 January 2023 19:00
Full story: Two suspects freed on bond
Kaivon Deondre Washington, 18; a 17-year-old male who has not been named due to his age; Everette Lee, 28; and Casen Carver, 18, were charged on Monday with the sexual assault of 19-year-old Brooks.
Oliver O’Connell25 January 2023 18:15
Timeline: What happened to Madison Brooks?
Brooks, 19, was allegedly sexually assaulted in a car on 15 January after a night of drinking in a Baton Rouge bar before being left on a dark road in the early hours of the morning, at which point she appears to have been struck by accident by a passing car, dying later in hospital of her injuries.
Joe Sommerlad has pieced together a timeline of everything we know about the case so far:
Oliver O’Connell25 January 2023 17:30
Two suspects released on bond
Two of the four suspects arrested after an investigation into the death of LSU student Madison Brooks have been released from custody.
Baton Rouge ABC affiliate WBRZ 2 reports jail records as showing that Everett Lee, 28, and Casen Carver, 18, were released from the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Both were booked on Monday as principals to third-degree rape and must now wear ankle monitors and remain under house arrest as conditions of their bond.
Two other suspects charged with third-degree rape, 18-year-old Kaivon Washington and an unidentified 17-year-old juvenile remain in jail as of Wednesday morning.
The minor is being held separately at a juvenile facility pending a court hearing, and Washington is jailed on a $150,000 bond.
Oliver O’Connell25 January 2023 16:57