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Madison Brooks latest: LSU student rape investigation shuts down bar after four men charged

Louisiana sorority student Madison Brooks fatally hit by car after alleged rape

Four men have been arrested for allegedly raping a Louisiana State University student before abandoning her on a dark road, where she was hit by a rideshare car and killed.

Madison Brooks, a 19-year-old sister from Alpha Phi sorority, spent the night of Jan. 14 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 dropping her off at the side of a road in the early hours of January 15. A driver then rammed the 19-year-old woman and she died hours later in hospital.

Kaivon Deondre Washington, 18, and a 17-year-old man who has not been named because of his age have been charged with third-degree rape. Mr. Washington’s uncle, Everette Lee, 28, and Casen Carver, 18, are charged with rape.

A lawyer for two of the suspects told local news outlet KSLA that footage of the alleged sexual assault proved they were innocent and that the deceased 19-year-old had consented. However, at the bail hearing for the three adult suspects on Tuesday, a judge said the footage – along with other evidence – did in fact prove a crime had taken place.

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Brooks called a ‘hero’ for organ donation

Madison Brooks’ sorority called her a hero for donating her organs in the event of her death.

Louisiana State University’s Alpha Phi Chapter released a statement last week that read, “We mourn the sudden and tragic loss of our sister, Madison Brooks, following the accident that claimed her life.”

The statement goes on to say that she had a lasting impact on the members of the chapter, adding, “She was also a hero and was able to donate her heart and kidneys to save others.”

Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 25, 2023 4:00 p.m.

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Judge says video meant to exonerate suspects actually shows crime happened

A video that four men hoped would exonerate them from the rape of a Louisiana State University (LSU) student instead proved a crime had taken place, a judge says – hours after an attorney for two of the suspects said claimed it showed the late 19-year-old had consented to sex.

Rachel Sharp has the details.

Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 25, 2023 3:30 p.m.

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Prosecutors agree to increase charges

Now, prosecutors handling the case have also pledged to strengthen the charges against the alleged attackers.

Prosecutor Stuart Theriot said at Tuesday’s bail hearing that the state would seek enhanced first-degree rape charges and plans to convene a grand jury in the case.

Kaivon Deondre Washington, 18, and a 17-year-old man who has not been named because of his age have been charged with third-degree rape. Mr. Washington’s uncle, Everette Lee, 28, and Casen Carver, 18, are charged with rape.

Mr. Washington had his bond set by 19th Judicial District Judge Brad Myers at $150,000. Mr. Lee was given $75,000 bond and Mr. Carver was given $50,000 bond.

The 17-year-old’s bail hearing has been postponed until February.

Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 25, 2023 3:00 p.m.

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Liquor license suspended at bar where LSU student met alleged abusers

The Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control Bureau announced Tuesday that it is issuing an emergency suspension for Reggie’s bar in Baton Rouge, La., 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.”

Olivier O’ConnellJanuary 25, 2023 2:40 p.m.

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Autopsy shows injuries consistent with sexual assault, authorities say

An autopsy confirmed that Madison Brooks had injuries consistent with sexual assault, according to an arrest warrant.

Investigators said the victim and the four suspects met at a bar on January 14 before she asked them to drop her off. Mr. Carver told authorities that Mr. Washington and the unidentified minor asked the victim to have sex with them, but admitted that she was drunk, tripped and she articulated her words.

The men then dropped her off at a neighborhood near Pelican Lakes Parkway. While standing in a dark section of the roadway around 3 a.m., Brooks was hit by a vehicle and died hours later in hospital.

Footage of the bar seized by investigators reportedly showed her falling in front of at least one of the suspects several times before they left the business.

Mr Carver told police Brooks was ‘very unsteady on his feet, was unable to keep his balance and was unable to speak clearly without articulating his words’.

Despite being drunk, two of the suspects had sex with her inside the car, Mr Carver told police. He later said he “felt uncomfortable and hated it”.

When asked by investigators if he thought Brooks was too altered to consent, Mr Carver reportedly replied: “I guess.”

Rachel SharpJanuary 25, 2023 2:20 p.m.

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Sorority pays tribute to Madison Brooks

LSU’s Alpha Phi chapter paid tribute to its sorority sister Madison Brooks in a post on the group’s Facebook page.

“We mourn the sudden and tragic loss of our sister, Madison Brooks, following the accident that took her life. Madison was a sophomore and had a lasting impact on all of us,” the statement read.

“She was also a hero and was able to donate her heart and kidneys to save others. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends during this incredibly difficult time. And we respectfully ask for time and space so that we can support each other in our healing process. AOE »

Rachel SharpJanuary 25, 2023 2:00 p.m.

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Reggie’s Bar says it is cooperating with investigators

The bar where Madison Brooks spent last night said it was cooperating with investigators.

Madison Brooks, a 19-year-old sister from Alpha Phi sorority, had spent the night of Jan. 14 at Reggie’s Bar in Baton Rouge where she allegedly met her attackers.

Footage of her at the bar shows her falling several times, according to a warrant.

Investigators said Brooks was then sexually assaulted by the four men – aged 17 to 28 – in a car before dropping her off along a road in a neighborhood near Pelican Lakes Parkway in the early hours of January 15 . She was hit by a car and killed.

Bar attorney Kris Perret said in a statement to NOLA.com: “The owner of Reggie’s has cooperated fully with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, the Louisiana State Police and the ABC office of East Baton Rouge since their first requests for assistance in their ongoing investigations and will continue to do so.

Rachel SharpJanuary 25, 2023 1:30 p.m.

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LSU president pledges to investigate bar for underage drinking

LSU President William F Tate said the university will investigate why the establishment where the victim met the suspects was serving alcohol to minors.

“Madison was a daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, classmate and friend to many of you. By all accounts, she was an incredible young woman with limitless potential,” said Mr. Tate said in a statement.

“She shouldn’t have been taken from us like this. What happened to him is evil, and our legal system will do justice.

He continued: “In the coming days, we will be calling a meeting with these business owners to discuss the direct impact of their responsibilities on the safety of our students. We will openly work against any company that does not join us in our efforts to create a safer environment for our students. Enough is enough.”

Rachel SharpJanuary 25, 2023 1:00 p.m.

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“A tragedy, certainly not a crime”, says the lawyer for the suspects

A lawyer for two of the suspects charged with raping Madison Brooks has claimed what happened to her was “a tragedy” but “definitely not a crime”.

Ron Haley, attorney for Kaivon Deondre Washington and an unidentified 17-year-old suspect, claims the video of Brooks shows she “was intoxicated”, but does not point out that she could not “legally give consent or answer questions” during sex with the suspects.

He claimed it proved she was in a ‘coherent state’ and consented to the acts, before leaving the vehicle after an ‘argument’.

“Absolutely not rape. Listen, this is a tragedy, certainly not a crime,” Mr Haley said KSLA.

“Can you tell she was drunk, yes. To the point, under the law, that you say you’re in a drunken stupor, to the point that you can’t legally give consent or answer questions, that absolutely wasn’t the case.

Mr Haley also said Brooks allegedly told suspects she was going to order an Uber after an argument.

“Based on a disagreement, she got out of the vehicle. She indicated she was getting an Uber,” Mr. Haley alleged. “I want the public to know that these young men or really the driver of the vehicle and the young men who were there did not put her on the side of the road.”

Rachel SharpJanuary 25, 2023 12:30 p.m.

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Liquor license suspended at bar where victim spent last night

The liquor license has been suspended at the bar where Madison Brooks spent the night.

The Louisiana Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco Control announced Tuesday that it is issuing an emergency suspension for Reggie’s bar in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The agency cited “the seriousness of the allegations and the potential threat to public safety.”

“This action immediately suspends the service or sale of alcoholic beverages at these locations,” the statement said.

“An emergency hearing will be held next month to determine what penalties (if any) should be imposed after the evidence is presented.”

Brooks spent the night of January 14 at Reggie’s Bar and reportedly met his attackers there.

Footage of her at the bar shows her falling several times, according to a warrant.

Investigators said Brooks was then sexually assaulted in a car before dropping her off along a road in a neighborhood near Pelican Lakes Parkway in the early hours of January 15. A driver then rammed the 19-year-old woman and she died hours later in hospital.

At 19, Brooks has not reached the legal drinking age of 21.

Three of the men accused of her alleged rape are also minors.

Rachel SharpJanuary 25, 2023 12:00


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