17-Year-Old Boy Accused of Raping LSU Student Madison Brooks Will Be Tried As an Adult

A 17-year-old boy accused of raping a Louisiana State University student before she was struck by a car and killed will be tried as an adult.

A grand jury indicted Desmond Carter on charges of first ad third degree rape but decline to indict him on a charge of kidnapping, WAFB reported.

Four suspects were arrested for the January 15 incident. The other three suspects — 18-year-old Kaivon Washington, 28-year-old Everette Lee, and 18-year-old Casen Carver — have not been indicted. Washington was charged by deputies with third degree rape, and Lee and Carver were charged with principal to third-degree rape.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, 19-year-old Brooks had been out drinking on January 15 and asked the four for a ride home because she was too drunk and couldn’t find her friends.

Washington and Carter reportedly raped Brooks in the back seat of the car after they left, with Lee and Carver in the front seat. Then, because Brooks was unable to tell them where she lived, they dropped her off in a subdivision near where she was later hit by a car driven by a ride-share driver. She died at a hospital.

An autopsy revealed that Brooks’ blood alcohol level was nearly four times the legal limit, and all four of the suspects had been drinking at the bar. Only the 28-year-old Lee, however, was drinking legally, as the drinking age is 21.

Defense attorneys have claimed no crime took place because Brooks had sex with Washington and Carter consensually.

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