REPORT: Suspects ‘callously’ laughed at LSU student shortly before death

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Video obtained by law enforcement investigating the alleged crimes against slain LSU student Madison Brooks shows some of the suspects “callously” laughing at the slurring sophomore, according to a local report.

Adult suspects Casen Carver and Kaivon Deondre Washington, both 18, and Washington’s 28-year-old uncle, Everett Lee, appeared in a Baton Rouge, Louisiana court late Tuesday for their bond hearing related to charges connected with Brooks. Carver and Lee are charged with being principles to third-degree rape, while Washington and a 17-year-old, who was not present, were charged with third-degree rape.

Brooks, 19, died after she was struck by a car in East Baton Rouge Parish in Louisiana in the early morning hours of Jan. 15. On Monday, investigators announced they had arrested the four males after two of them allegedly raped an intoxicated Brooks – while the other two were present – inside a vehicle before dropping her off shortly before she was struck.

19th Judicial District Judge Brad Myers said had viewed footage of  Brooks and the suspects from inside the vehicle, according to local news station WAFB-TV. The footage was allegedly taken by one of the four suspects.

The video reportedly depicted suspects “callously” laughing at Brooks as she slurred her speech.

The video reportedly did not include the alleged rape.

Attorney Ronald Haley, who is representing two of the suspects, said he had a video that would prove that although Brooks was intoxicated, she could still consent to the interactions with the men.

“To the point under the law that you say you’re in a drunken stupor, to the point that you cannot lawfully give consent or answer questions? Absolutely that was not the case,” he said.

“Absolutely not a rape,” he said prior to Tuesday’s hearing. “Listen, this is a tragedy, definitely not a crime.”

Myers disagreed. He said based on the footage and other evidence, he believed a crime had occurred, according to WAVB.

“The evidence to me is clear,” Myers reportedly said.

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