Bail refused for ex-NFL player Darren Sharper

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm •  Published: March 13, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will remain in a Los Angeles jail for the foreseeable future as he faces criminal charges in two states and sexual assault investigations in three others.

Superior Court Judge Renee Korn ruled Thursday that Sharper should remain in jail without bail after authorities this week indicted the Super Bowl champion on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women in Tempe, Ariz., in November.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles will have the first opportunity to place Sharper on trial on charges that he drugged and raped two women in October after meeting them at a West Hollywood nightclub.

Korn said in her decision that Arizona authorities want to extradite Sharper to face trial there after the proceedings in California.

In addition to the Arizona case, Sharper remains under investigation for similar sex crimes in Florida, Nevada and Louisiana.

He has pleaded not guilty in California, and his lawyers say he will vigorously deny the allegations he faces elsewhere.

Korn refused a request Thursday by Sharper's attorneys to release him on house arrest while his case in Los Angeles is pending. It will take months for his case to be resolved.

Both the California and Arizona cases allege Sharper, 38, used the drug zolpidem — which is sold under several brand names, including Ambien — on the women before abusing them. The Arizona case accuses the athlete of drugging three women and sexually assaulting two of them.

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