Teen in Madison Brooks case indicted as adult, charges upgraded to first-degree rape

A grand jury indicted the 17-yr-old teenager, Desmond Carter, accused of raping and kidnapping LSU sophomore Madison Brooks.

Along with the three adults who were arrested, Desmond Carter, 17, of Walker, was also arrested but because he was a juvenile, his name and mugshot were not provided. On Feb. 22, an East Baton Rouge Parish Grand Jury decided to charge Carter as an adult and upgraded his charges.

He was originally arrested for the third-degree rape of Brooks on Jan. 15, 2023.

The grand jury felt there was enough evidence to move forward with not only the third-degree rape of Brooks, but also first-degree rape and second degree kidnapping.

“I’m pleased with the indictment but as a mother who just lost her child, it’s still a tough pill to swallow,” said Brooks mother Ashley Baustert. “I am however confident with our justice system and feel justice will prevail. I hope this helps others come out if they have been assaulted.”

Brooks with her mother Ashley Baustert

Kaivon Washington, 18, was charged with third-degree rape. Casen Carver, 18, and Everett Lee, 27, were both charged with principle to third degree rape in connection to the Brooks investigation.

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 other three defendants in the case have not gone before a grand jury yet.

“Further information will be presented to the grand jury at later dates on the other defendants that have been arrested,” said EBR District Attorney Hillar Moore.

The question has come up of whether Brooks was able to consent to the sex or not because some of the arrested said she consented. However, according to arrest documents, Brooks had a blood alcohol concentration of .319, which is considered alcohol poisoning, and 16 times the legal limit for an underaged adult.

Plus, the driver of the car that night, Carver, told deputies “she (Brooks) was too impaired to give proper consent,” according to the arresting documents.

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.


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.

Brooks died after being hit by a vehicle on Burbank Drive at Pelican Lakes Parkway. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said Brooks was hit around 3 a.m. The driver who hit Brooks remained on scene and was not found at fault and was not impaired.

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