In an attempt to keep former NFL player Darren Sharper, 38, behind bars for felony rape, Arizona prosecutors presented evidence that semen matching Sharper’s DNA was found on one of his alleged victims’ leggings. Testing also revealed a partial DNA match on the victim’s genitals.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Warren Granville continued Wednesday’s hearing until Thursday after about an hour of testimony from Tempe detective Kevin Mace. If Judge Granville decides Sharper is entitled to bail, Sharper could be released from a Los Angeles jail, where he’s been incarcerated since February.
But Sharper is also charged with raping two other women in Los Angeles. Superior Court Judge Renee Korn cited Sharper’s no-bail status in Arizona as a reason to keep him locked up in California.
“I think the charges pending out of the state of Arizona are sufficiently serious that the court…is going to set bail at no bail,” Korn says.
Sharper’s attorneys, however, contest his no-bail status in Arizona and offered house arrest.
The Arizona victim is one of two allegedly raped by Sharper after being drugged by a generic form of Ambien in November. In addition to the four women in Arizona and California, Sharper is under investigation in three other states for the alleged rapes of five more women since September – two in Las Vegas, Nev; two in New Orleans, La.; and one in Miami Beach, Fla. All follow a similar pattern: After Sharper parties with these women, he allegedly offers them drug-laced drinks and rapes them while they’re unconscious, according to court records and police reports.
Sharper was free in Los Angeles on a $1M bail one week before he was incarcerated. But Sharper deserves no bail. Keep his ass behind bars.