Darren Sharper returns to court seeking release - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Darren Sharper returns to court seeking release

Updated:
  • More Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • LC Police ticket door-to-door sales people

    LC Police ticket door-to-door sales people

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:38:11 GMT
    More concerns tonight about door to door salesmen in the area. Two men have been issued citations for selling door to door without a permit. The men claimed to be selling pest control services. It's one of those quiet streets in the University area where people tend to know and look out for each other. So when Loraine Suarez received a knock at the door from someone selling pest control services she was concerned for herself and her neighbors... "When I opened the door this young man kind of...More >>
    More concerns tonight about door to door salesmen in the area. Two men have been issued citations for selling door to door without a permit. The men claimed to be selling pest control services. It's one of those quiet streets in the University area where people tend to know and look out for each other. So when Loraine Suarez received a knock at the door from someone selling pest control services she was concerned for herself and her neighbors... "When I opened the door this young man kind of...More >>
  • Lafayette Police searching for endangered runaway

    Lafayette Police searching for endangered runaway

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:23:38 GMT
    Lafayette Police are searching for an endangered runaway.More >>
    Lafayette Police are searching for an endangered runaway.
    More >>
  • McNeese in favor of Instant Replay

    McNeese in favor of Instant Replay

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:53:47 GMT
    The 2014 SLC football season will have many changes, the biggest of which is adding Instant Replay to games. The Southland Conference Board of Directors officially approved full implementation of NCAA-approved instant replay for all home games beginning this season. The application of full instant replay will apply to televised and non-televised home and neutral-site contests hosted by Southland teams. This presidential approval means the Southland will become the first Division I Football Ch...More >>
    The 2014 SLC football season will have many changes, the biggest of which is adding Instant Replay to games. The Southland Conference Board of Directors officially approved full implementation of NCAA-approved instant replay for all home games beginning this season. The application of full instant replay will apply to televised and non-televised home and neutral-site contests hosted by Southland teams. This presidential approval means the Southland will become the first Division I Football Ch...More >>

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Darren Sharper will return to court on Friday where his attorneys will argue that the former NFL All-Pro safety should be released from a Los Angeles jail. Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.

Sharper's attorneys filed a motion Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court arguing that since Sharper has not been formally charged in Louisiana, he should be released on the terms of $1 million bail he has already posted. The former player and football analyst had pleaded not guilty to charges he drugged and raped two women in Los Angeles County and turned himself in last week when New Orleans police issued an arrest warrant on the similar charges.

The athlete's attorneys contend that Los Angeles prosecutors are using the Louisiana case to improperly keep Sharper behind bars until his Los Angeles case is resolved. "This appears to be an attempt to detain Mr. Sharper indefinitely and unconstitutionally without bail," his attorneys Blair Berk and Leonard Levine wrote in Thursday's motions.

District Attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison declined comment, saying prosecutors would address their arguments at Friday's hearing. Sharper, 38, has submitted DNA samples to New Orleans police and had agreed to turn himself in if he was charged and a judge has already indicated bail will be set if the athlete is formally charged, the motion states. Levine has said Sharper would be cleared in the cases.

"All of these were consensual contact between Mr. Sharper and women who wanted to be in his company," Levine said after a court hearing last month. Authorities in Florida, Tucson, Ariz., and Las Vegas also are investigating Sharper for possible sexual assault cases.

Sharper was released on the Los Angeles case on $1 million bail on the condition that he remain in the city, stay away from nightclubs and not be alone with any woman he did not know before October, when the first allegations emerged.

His attorneys contend he did not violate any of those terms before turning himself in after the Louisiana warrant was issued. Sharper was selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Green Bay Packers as a rookie and was part of a successful championship run while with the New Orleans Saints.

Sharper retired after the 2010 season. He worked as an analyst for the NFL Network, but was fired last week.

 

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed

Powered by WorldNow