Police said four male suspects were arrested in connection with the rape of a Louisiana State University sorority member after she was later dumped on the side of the road and fatally hit by a car after a night of drinking.
Kaiwon Deondre Washington, 18, Everett Lee, 28, and Kaysen Carver, 18, applied on Monday, more than a week after Madison Brooks, 19, was fatally shot in Baton Rouge, The Advocate reports.
The fourth suspect, a 17-year-old boy who has not been identified because he is a minor, turned himself in on Sunday, the outlet said.
According to the newspaper, Brooks was drinking at a bar called Reggie’s near the LSU campus, where she met the 17-year-old suspect on Jan. 15.
According to the arrest warrant, she left between 1 and 2 am with a teenager and three other suspects.
Carver admitted to police that Brooks was “very unsteady on her feet, unable to keep her balance and unable to speak clearly without mumbling,” the document says.
Carver told investigators that he witnessed Brooks and the 17-year-old “hug and walk together”, saying she asked for a ride home.
“He confessed that he agreed to give her a ride because he didn’t want to leave her heavily intoxicated and the bar was closing,” the arrest warrant says.
Carver told authorities that he was in the driver’s seat and Lee was in the front passenger seat, while Washington and the 17-year-old were in the back with Brooks.
He said he asked Brooks for her address, “but she fell down and couldn’t answer him.” the warrant states, “So he drove a short distance and stopped.”
Carver “stated that he heard his 17-year-old underage friend ask the victim five times if she wanted to have sex with him,” to which Brooks “verbally agreed,” according to the document.
He said the 17-year-old and Washington had sex with Brooks before he told them, “We have to stop this, let’s go,” the document says.
When asked during police interrogation if he thought a woman was too weak to consent to sex, Carver replied, “Probably.”
Police also questioned Washington, who said he was sad about Brooks’ death, but also admitted to laughing as he went after her earlier and thinking, “How do you meet a random girl and just bring her home?”
He said they later dropped Brooks off in a nearby area, where she was hit by a minibus driver on Burbank Drive near Pelican Lakes Parkway around 3 a.m.
Investigators said her blood alcohol content was 0.319%, almost four times the legal limit.
Washington and an unidentified 17-year-old were charged with third-degree rape, while Lee and Carver were charged with principle third-degree rape.
According to Louisiana law, a third-degree rape charge generally involves a victim who is “unable to resist or understand the nature of the act by reason of stupor or abnormal state of mind, caused by intoxicant or any other cause, and the perpetrator.” knew or should have known about the incapacity of the victim”, KSLA. reported.
Ron Haley, a lawyer for the two suspects, told WAFB that it was “absolutely not rape. Look, this is a tragedy, definitely not a crime.”
He told the publication that video taken during the incident shows that Brooks was consistent.
“Can you tell she was drunk, yes. To the point where you legally say you’re in a drunken stupor, to the point where you can’t legally give consent or answer questions, it absolutely didn’t happen,” Haley told WAFB.
The lawyer claimed that Brooks and Carver had an argument in his car.
“Because of the controversy, she got out of the car. She indicated that she was driving an Uber. I want the public to know that these young people, or actually the driver of the car and the young people who were there, did not drop her off at the side of the road,” he said.
Brooks, a native of Covington, Louisiana, was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, according to the KSLA.
“Madi was a playful, loving and selfless friend. She left an indelible mark on our chapter, we cherish our memories together and will never forget her. Our eternal friend was also a hero, Madi donated her heart and kidneys to save others,” the sorority said in an Instagram post on Monday.
“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,” he added.
In a statement, LSU President William Tate said, “Madison has been a daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, classmate and friend to so many of you. By all accounts, she was an amazing young woman with limitless potential. She shouldn’t have been taken from us like that. What happened to her was evil, and our legal system is doing justice.
“Our collective grief and outrage cannot be expressed in simple words. So what can we do? It’s time to act. One place to look out for is the very place where this meeting started,” Tate wrote.
He noted that the three suspects were minors, “but could have consumed alcohol at a local bar. Thus, our plan of action begins with a deep and relentless focus on any institution that profits from our students by providing alcohol to minors.”