Two suspects in Madison Brooks rape are freed on bond as bar shut down

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

Four people have been arrested for raping a woman Louisiana State University before dropping the student off on a dark road, where she was struck by a ride-share car and died.

Madison BrooksThe 19-year-old Alpha Phi fellow sister spent the night of January 14 at Reggie’s Bar in Baton Rouge, where she allegedly met her attackers.

Investigators said Brooks was sexually assaulted by four men in a car before being abandoned on a street in the early hours of January 15. A 19-year-old woman was hit by a driver and she died hours later in hospital.

Cavon Dondre Washington, 18, and a 17-year-old male, who has not been named because of his age, have been charged with third-degree rape.

Mr Washington’s uncles Everett Lee, 28, and Kaysen Carver, 18, have been accused of rape by the headmaster – they have since been released on bond.

An attorney for two of the suspects claimed to local outlet KSLA that footage of the alleged sexual assault proved they were innocent and that the 19-year-old had given consent. However, at a hearing on Tuesday, a judge said that the footage – along with other evidence – did in fact prove that the crime had taken place.

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Two accused released on bond

Two of the four suspects arrested following the investigation into the death of LSU student Madison Brooks have been released from custody.

Baton Rouge ABC affiliate WBRZ 2 reports Jail records show Everett Lee, 28, and Kaysen Carver, 18, were released from East Baton Rouge Parish Jail.

Both were booked on Monday for third-degree rape as a principal and will now have to wear ankle monitors and remain under house arrest as per the terms of their bond.

Two other suspects, 18-year-old Cavon Washington and an unnamed 17-year-old juvenile, remain in jail as of Wednesday morning on third-degree rape charges.

The minor is being held in a juvenile facility pending a separate court hearing, and Washington is being held in jail on $150,000 bond.

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Brooks is called a ‘hero’ for organ donation

Madison Brooks’ sorority has called her a hero for arranging for her organs to be donated in the event of her death.

The Louisiana State University chapter of Alpha Phi released a statement last week that read: “We are saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of our sister, Madison Brooks, following the accident that took her life.”

The statement continues by saying that she made a lasting impression on the members of the chapter: “She was also a hero and was able to donate her heart and kidney to save others.”

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Judge says video made to clear suspects shows crime actually happened

A video that four men hoped would clear them of rape charges Louisiana state University (lsu) The student has instead proved that a crime was committed, according to a judge – hours after lawyers for two of the suspects claimed it showed the late 19-year-old had consented to sex.

Rachel Sharpe Details are there.

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Prosecutors vow to upgrade charges

Now, prosecutors in the case have also vowed to upgrade the charges against the alleged assailants.

Prosecutor Stuart Theriot said at Tuesday’s bond hearing that the state will seek the upgraded charge of first-degree rape and plans to convene a grand jury in the case.

Cavon Dondre Washington, 18, and a 17-year-old male, who has not been named because of his age, have been charged with third-degree rape. Mr Washington’s uncles Everett Lee, 28, and Casen Carver, 18, have been accused of rape by the principal.

Mr. Washington was set a bond of $150,000 by 19th Judicial District Judge Brad Myers. 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 adjourned until February.

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Liquor license suspended at bar where LSU students met alleged attackers

Louisiana The Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control announced Tuesday that it is issuing an emergency suspension for Reggie’s Bar in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following the tragic death of a 19-year-old Madison Brooks,

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

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Authorities say autopsy shows injuries consistent with sexual assault

According to an arrest warrant, an autopsy confirmed that Madison Brooks had suffered injuries consistent with a sexual assault.

Investigators said the victim and the four suspects met at a bar on January 14 before she allegedly asked them to drop her off. Mr. Carver told officers that Mr. Washington and the unidentified minor asked the victim to have sex with him, but admitted she was intoxicated, stumbling and slurring her words.

The men dropped her off in a neighborhood near Pelican Lake Parkway. Brooks, who was standing in a dark stretch of road at around 3 a.m., was struck by a vehicle and died hours later in hospital.

Footage from the bar seized by investigators reportedly showed him groping several times in front of at least one suspect before leaving the business.

Mr. Carver told police that Brooks was “very unsteady on her feet, unable to keep her balance, and unable to speak clearly without slurring her words.”

Carver told police that despite his intoxicated state, the two suspects had sexual intercourse with him inside the car. He later said that he “felt uncomfortable and hated it.”

When asked by investigators whether he believed Brooks was too incompetent to consent, Mr. Carver reportedly said, “I think so.”

Rachel Sharpe25 January 2023 14:20

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Sorority pays tribute to Madison Brooks

LSU’s Alpha Phi chapter pays tribute to fellow sister Madison Brooks in a post from the group facebook page,

“We are saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of our sister Madison Brooks following the accident that took her life. Madison was in second grade and she made a lasting impact on all of us.’

“She was also a hero and was able to donate her heart and kidney 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”

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Reggie’s Bar says it is cooperating with investigators

The bar where Madison Brooks spent her last night has said she is cooperating with investigators.

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

According to the arrest warrant, footage of him at the bar showed him falling several times.

Investigators said Brooks was sexually assaulted in a car by four men aged 17 to 28 before they forced her off a road in the early hours of January 15 in a neighborhood near Pelican Lake Parkway. He was hit by a car and died.

Chris Perret, an attorney for the bar, said in a statement to NOLA.com: “Reggie’s owner has cooperated fully with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, the Louisiana State Police and the East Baton Rouge ABC Office since their first request.” in their ongoing investigation and will continue to do so

Rachel Sharpe25 January 2023 13:30

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LSU president pledges to investigate bars for underage drinking

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

“Madison was a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister, a niece, a classmate and a friend to many of you. In all ways, she was a wonderful young woman with immense potential,” Mr Tate said in a statement .

“He should not have been taken from us like this. What happened to him was bad, and our legal system will pervert justice.

He continued: “In the coming days, we will convene a meeting with these business owners to discuss how their responsibilities directly affect the safety of our students. We will openly act against any business that that does not add to the efforts to create a safe environment for our students. Enough is enough.”

Rachel Sharpe25 January 2023 13:00

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‘A tragedy, certainly not a crime,’ claims lawyer for suspects

Lawyers for two suspects accused of raping Madison Brooks have claimed what happened to them was “a tragedy” but “certainly not a crime”.

Ron Haley, an attorney for Cavon Dondre Washington, and unnamed 17-year-old suspect Ron Haley, claim Brooks’ video shows she was “intoxicated” but not to indicate she was “legally consenting or asking questions” during sex. Couldn’t answer” Suspicious.

She claimed this proved she was in a “coherent state” and had 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 intoxicated, yes. To the extent that you say you are intoxicated under the law, to the extent that you cannot legally consent or answer questions It wasn’t like that at all.

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

“Based on the disagreement, she got out of the vehicle. He indicated that he was getting an Uber,” Mr. Haley alleged. “I want the public to know, these youths or indeed the driver of the vehicle and the youths that were there, did not leave her on the side of the road.”

Rachel Sharpe25 January 2023 12:30