Madison Brooks Mom: “It’s very hurtful. I don’t get a break” in response to defense attorney’s latest motion

Casen Carver

BATON ROUGE — A motion has been filed in the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge for a preliminary examination concerning one of the defendants in the Madison Brooks case. Since then, the district attorney has requested that the motion be sealed.

This specific motion pertains to Cason Carver, the alleged driver of the car on the night Brooks died. A grand jury has indicted Carver, 19, on charges of first and third-degree rape. Initially, Carver was charged with being an accessory to third-degree rape when he was arrested in January 2023. District Attorney Hillar Moore stated that the first-degree rape charge is a principal charge.

Brooks reportedly left Reggie’s bar in January 2023 with four young men. Her blood alcohol content was measured at .319, well over the legal limit. Court records indicate that two of the defendants arrested in her case, Kaivon Washington, then 18, and Desmond Carter, then 17, allegedly engaged in sexual activity with Brooks in the back of the car that investigators say Carver was driving.

Upon his arrest, Carver provided details to deputies about the events of January 15, 2023. Carver informed deputies that Washington engaged in sexual activity with Brooks after Carter did. Carver stated that Brooks consented to sexual activity with both men but admitted that she was too impaired to give proper consent, according to the affidavit.

Brooks was later dropped off in a subdivision, but she walked to Burbank Dr., where she was struck by a vehicle and later died.

Following her death, the coroner conducted a rape kit on Brooks, which revealed abrasions and cuts on her body. This is why the four men arrested are facing rape charges or charges of being an accessory to rape.

Joe Long is representing Carver and was able to obtain Brooks’ cell phone records dating back 72 hours before her death. Based on this information, he filed a motion to bring in two more LSU students to testify in the case.

Long stated in his motion that one specific witness, the young man Brooks spent the night with on January 14, 2023, caused “abrasions and bruises during consensual sex” that were noted in a rape kit performed on her after her death.

“The theory of the sheriff and the state has been that the defendants … raped Madison Brooks in Carver’s vehicle in the early morning hours of Jan. 15, 2023,” the motion reads. Long added one of the student’s “testimony will gut the state’s theory of the case.” The second person he wants to testify would be Brooks’ friend who allegedly picked her up from the young man’s home.

However, this motion has prompted District Attorney Hillar Moore to request a judge to seal Long’s motion citing article 412, which references a victim’s past sexual behavior in sexual assault cases.

In response to the events of the past 24 hours, Brooks’ mother Ashley Baustert told UWK, “It’s very hurtful. I don’t get a break.”

“He’s interpreting things that are not true,” said Baustert. “Maddie did not have sex with anybody on Friday night and put that in a text with her friend but he’s interpreting the fact that she spent the night with someone else on Friday night that that person caused the injuries to her body even though we already have video evidence of the crime. We already have DNA evidence of the crime. We already have all of that stuff.”

“I’m representing a guy who’s on trial for his whole life and the DA is my adversary, not the mom,” said Long.

Long’s motion is expected to be heard on April 30, 2024.

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