An attorney for two men accused of raping a Lousiana State University student before dropping her off in a roadway where she was later fatally hit by a car has claimed video of the alleged assault proves she was in a ” coherent state” and agreed to the acts.
Madison Brooks, 19, died Jan. 15 after a vehicle hit her while she was standing on a dark road in Baton Rouge. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office has since arrested four men for allegedly raping or witnessing Brooks’ rape before dropping her off at the crash site.
Kaivon Deondre Washington, 18, and a 17-year-old man who was not identified for being a minor face third-degree rape charges in the horrific case, while Mr. Washington’s uncle, Everette Lee, 28, and Casen Carver, 18, were charged with rape, according to an arrest warrant obtained by KSLA.
Ron Haley, a lawyer for Mr Washington and the minor, has challenged the allegations, claiming that the video of the incident showed Brooks “was intoxicated”, but not to point out that she was not “legally involved” in dealing with the suspects. consent or answer questions. . Mr. Haley said she got out of the vehicle after an “argument.”
“Absolutely not rape. Listen, this is a tragedy, definitely not a crime,” Mr. Haley told KSLA. ‘Can you tell she was drunk, yes. To the point under the law of saying you’re drunk, to the point of legally not being able to give consent or answer questions, that was definitely not the case.
Mr Haley also said Brooks allegedly told the suspects she was going to order an Uber after an argument broke out.
“Based on a disagreement, she got out of the vehicle. She indicated she would take an Uber,” Mr. Haley said. “I want the public to know that these young men, or rather the driver of the vehicle and the young men who were in it, did not pull her over.”
Brooks’s blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit at the time of her death.
According to investigators, the victim and the four suspects met in a bar on January 14 before she allegedly 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 she was drunk, stumbled and spoke slurred words.
After the attack, the men dropped her off in a neighborhood near Pelican Lakes Parkway. While standing in a dark part of the roadway around 3 a.m., Brooks was hit by a vehicle and died hours later in the hospital.
Footage from the bar seized by detectives shows her falling multiple times for at least one of the suspects before they left the business.
Mr Carver told police Brooks was “very unstable, couldn’t keep her balance and couldn’t speak clearly without slurring her words.”
Despite her state of intoxication, two of the suspects had intercourse with her in the car, Mr Carver told police. He later said that he “was uncomfortable and hated it”.
When asked by investigators whether he believed Brooks was too weak to consent, Mr Carver reportedly said: “I think so.”
An autopsy confirmed Brooks had injuries consistent with a sexual assault, the warrant said.
LSU President William F Tate said the university plans to investigate why the establishment where the victim met the suspects served alcohol to minors.
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 boundless potential,” Tate said in a statement.
“She should not have been taken from us in this way. What happened to her was bad, and our justice system will distribute justice.
He continued, “In the coming days, we will schedule a meeting with these business owners to discuss how their responsibilities directly affect the safety of our students. We will openly take action against any company that does not cooperate with our efforts to create a safer environment for our students. Enough is enough.”
Brooks was a member of LSU’s Alpha Phi chapter. A post on the group’s Facebook page stated that some of her organs had been donated.
“Madison…made a lasting impression on all of us. She was also a hero and was able to donate her heart and kidneys to save others,” the post read.
“We extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends at this incredibly difficult time. And we respectfully ask for time and space so that we can support each other in our healing process.”