Driver of car in Madison Brooks case indicted on rape charges

BATON ROUGE — An East Baton Rouge Parish Grand Jury has indicted the man driving the car when Madison Brooks was allegedly raped before her death.

Casen John Carver, 19, was indicted on first-degree and third-degree rape on Wednesday. Carver was initially charged with principle to third-degree rape when he was arrested in January. District Attorney Hillar Moore said today’s first-degree rape charge is a principal charge.

“I’m very pleased with the indictment that came in today,” said Brooks’ mother, Ashley Baustert. “Cason Carver made multiple bad choices that night that ultimately cost my daughter her life. The DA and police department have done a great job with the case and I wouldn’t be surprised if more charges such as negligent homicide come forward at a later date.”

According to the arrest warrant, Brooks had a blood alcohol concentration of .319, which is considered alcohol poisoning and 16 times the legal limit for anyone under the age of 21.

Deputies say that Brooks was seen at Reggie’s bar in Tigerland hours before she was killed. Deputies said Brooks and Desmond Carter were seen hugging and dancing inside the bar. Since their arrests, officials have charged Carter as an adult in the case. Three hours after hugging and dancing in the bar, Brooks can be seen on camera falling near the entrance of the bar, court records show.

Kaivon Washington, 18, & Everett Lee, 27, were also arrested in the case.

Washington and Carter are both accused of taking turns having sex with Brooks in the back of a car before they dropped her off and she walked to Burbank where she was hit by a vehicle and killed.

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said Brooks was hit around 3 a.m. The driver who hit Brooks remained on the scene and was not found at fault and was not impaired.

Arrest documents show Carver drove the car that night and told deputies Brooks “was too impaired to give proper consent” to having sex.

Another arrest warrant has been issued for Carver. The updated warrant will include an arrest for first-degree rape.

Kaivon Washington

Since Brooks case, Washington has been charged in two more rapes and facing first-degree rape. One involved a 12-yr-old in 2020 but he was arrested and charged in the case in Jan. 2023.

“I hope me speaking up will give each and every other person that he has raped or sexually assaulted the courage to speak up,” said the victim, who is now 15.

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Then in Feb. 2023, Washington was charged with another first-degree rape going back to Aug. 2022 but Baton Rouge Police did not release the victim’s age.

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