Four Men Charged with Rape During Investigation into Death of LSU Student

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LSU student Madison Brooks

WBRZ reported on Monday that a 17-year-old and 18-year-old Kaivon Washington were arrested and booked on charges of third-degree rape, while 18-year-old Casen Carver and 28-year-old Everett Lee were arrested as principals to third-degree rape.

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office has made multiple arrests on rape charges as part of an investigation into the death of 19-year-old LSU student Madi Brooks.

Deputies charged Kaivon Deondre Washington, 18, and an unidentified minor teen with third-degree rape, WSAZ reported.

Everette Lee, 28, and Casen Carver, 18, were both charged with principle to third-degree rape, the outlet said.

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3 of the 4 men arrested from left, Kaivon Deondre Washington, Casen Carver and Everette Lee. (East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office)

On January 15, Madison Brooks was standing in the middle of the street on Burbank Drive around 3 am when a driver struck her and killed her.

One of the male suspects told investigators that Madison Brooks was “very unstable on her feet, was not able to keep her balance, and was unable to speak clearly without slurring her words,” as she exited the bar.

Arrest documents show that Brooks’ blood-alcohol level was .319% at the time of her death. Washington has claimed that the sexual encounter with Brooks was consensual and that the group left a bar in Tigerland early on January 15th after a night of heavy drinking.

According to Washington, he and another teenager had sexual intercourse with Brooks in the backseat of a vehicle, while Carver and Lee were in the front seat.

Casen Carver told investigators that Madison Brooks asked them for a ride home and supposedly consented to have sex with them.

WSAZ reported:

Deputies charged both Kaivon Deondre Washington, 18, of Walker, and an unidentified minor with third-degree rape. The minor is 17 years old.

Everette Lee, 28, of Pine Grove, and Casen Carver, 18, of Denham Springs, were both charged with principle to third-degree rape.

Investigators said Carver admitted that he and the three other males went to Reggie’s Bar near the LSU campus and consumed alcohol, the arrest warrant states.

He said Brooks left the bar with them and was “very unstable on her feet, was not able to keep her balance, and was unable to speak clearly without slurring her words,” the arrest document states. Carver allegedly told investigators his 17-year-old friend and Brooks were “hugging and walking together.”

Investigators said Carver told them Brooks asked for a ride home with them. He told investigators both Washington and the 17-year-old asked Brooks to have sex with them and she agreed, the warrant states.

Carver told investigators he believed Brooks was too drunk to know that she was consenting to sex and he “hated it,” the warrant states.

Brooks was standing in a dark portion of Burbank Drive near Pelican Lakes Parkway around 3 a.m. Jan. 15 when she was struck by a vehicle driven by a ride-share driver. Brooks later died at a hospital.

The driver of the vehicle that hit her showed no signs or evidence of being impaired, according to deputies.

More from WWLTV:

LSU President William Tate released this statement:

Dear LSU Community,

This afternoon, police arrested four individuals following an investigation into the events preceding the death of LSU student Madison Brooks, who was struck by a vehicle on Burbank Drive last week.

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.

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