Madison Brooks news latest: Suspects accused of student’s rape ‘callously laughing’ in video, as bar closes

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

Four men have been arrested for allegedly raping a Louisiana State University student before abandoning her in a dark road, where she was struck by a ride-share car and killed.

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.

Investigators said Brooks was then sexually assaulted by four men in a car before they dropped her off along a road in the early hours of January 15. A driver then hit the 19-year-old and she died hours later in the hospital.

Kaivon Deondre Washington, 18, and a 17-year-old male who has not been named due to his age have been charged with third-degree rape.

Mr. Washington’s uncle Everette Lee, 28, and Casen Carver, 18, are charged with principal to rape — they have since been released on bond.

An attorney for two of the suspects has claimed to local outlet KSLA that footage of the alleged sexual assault proves that they are innocent and the late 19-year-old consented. However, at a hearing on Tuesday, a judge said that the footage – along with other evidence – actually proves a crime did occur.

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Judge says video intended to clear suspects does the opposite

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

Rachel Sharp reports on what was said in court.

Oliver O’Connell26 January 2023 05:30

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Earlier: Two suspects freed on bond

Andrew Blanco is following the case and filed this report.

Oliver O’Connell26 January 2023 03:30

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ICYMI: Accused men claim video proves they are innocent of rape

An attorney for two men accused of raping a Louisiana State University student before dropping her off on a roadway where she was later fatally struck by a car has claimed that the video of the alleged sexual assault proves she was in a “coherent state” and consented to the acts.

Oliver O’Connell26 January 2023 01:30

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Suspects seen ‘callously’ laughing at victim in video

Prior to setting bond, Judge Brad Myers said he had watched a video showing suspects “callously” laughing at Madison Brooks while she slurred her words inside the car where her alleged rape took place, according to reporting by WAFB9. However, he said the video did not show the alleged assault.

The video was filmed by one of the suspects.

The judge said he had also watched a video filmed at Reggie’s bar, where Madison met her alleged attackers, which is said to have shown her stumbling, falling over and needing help. Madison’s state of mind, and her ability to have consented to sex, are at the heart of the case.

Phil Thomas26 January 2023 00:16

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Recap: Three men and one minor charged in the rape case of Madison Brooks

Oliver O’Connell25 January 2023 23:30

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Reggie’s Bar: Series of incidents reported before Madison Brooks’ alleged rape and death

A bar where 19-year-old Louisiana State University student Madison Brooks met three underage males accused of participating in her rape has a history of previous violent incidents.

The Louisiana The Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control announced on Tuesday that it was issuing an emergency suspension for Reggie’s bar in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following the tragic death of Brooks on January 15.

Andrea Blanco has the story.

Oliver O’Connell25 January 2023 22:00

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Outraged community demands justice for LSU student

The city of Baton Rouge has been shaken by the alleged rape of Madison Brooks that led to her tragic death when she was struck by a car. Fellow LSU students, mothers and the university’s president demand justice for her, as Andrea Blanco and Rachel Sharp report.

Oliver O’Connell25 January 2023 21:15

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Liquor license suspended at bar where LSU student met alleged attackers

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

Oliver O’Connell25 January 2023 20:30

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Suspects could face higher charges

Prosecutors in the Madison Brooks case have vowed to upgrade the charges against the alleged attackers.

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

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

Mr. Washington had his bond set by 19th Judicial District Judge Brad Myers at $150,000. 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 postponed until February.

Both Mr. Lee and Mr. Carver were released from jail under house arrest on Wednesday morning.

Oliver O’Connell25 January 2023 19:40

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LSU Alpha Phi sorority posts tribute to Madison

Oliver O’Connell25 January 2023 19:00

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