Two 39-year-old men accused of sexually assaulting a woman 21 years ago in Baton Rouge after allegedly giving her a choice to either be raped “or die” were indicted Wednesday on rape and kidnapping charges.

Leighton T. Hills, of Baton Rouge, and Allen G. Causey, of Gonzales, each are charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape.

DNA evidence linked both men to the crimes, authorities have said.

Hills, 4939 Underwood Ave., and Causey, 38285 Josh Brown Road, drove up to the woman as she walked along the 9200 block of South Choctaw Road on April 14, 1995, and offered her a ride, a Baton Rouge police report states. She initially turned their offer down, but after driving past her several times, she accepted their second offer, the report says.

Once in the car, the men drove past the woman’s street, and when she asked where they were taking her, one of the men held a sharp metal object against her neck and said, “She didn’t think she was going to get a free ride without giving up something,” according to the report.

She was given a choice to be raped “or die,” the report says.

The men allegedly drove her to a gravel road, demanded her money, stole her watch and raped her in the back seat. Afterward, one of the men said, “Let’s do her,” the report states. They started choking her, and she passed out, eventually waking up near a ditch on the roadside, according to the report.

After a DNA match was made late last year, Hills and Causey were arrested in January.

Hills was an inmate at Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel at the time. He was convicted on two counts of attempted second-degree murder in 2001 and sentenced as a habitual offender to 40 years in prison. Causey was being held on unrelated charges in Ascension Parish at the time of his arrest.

The case has been assigned to state District Judge Tony Marabella.

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