Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY Sports
LOS ANGELES -- Darren Sharper's scheduled court hearing here Tuesday was continued until Thursday morning after Judge Renee Korn decided to find out what happens in a related hearing for Sharper Wednesday in Arizona.
Sharper, the former NFL safety, has been charged with drugging and raping four women since October: two in Los Angeles and two in Tempe, Ariz. He has been in jail without bail in Los Angeles since Feb. 27, but his attorneys have argued it not fair to keep him custody indefinitely while he awaits trial. Korn previously denied their request to release him on bail, saying the charges were serious and that his Arizona indictment was non-bondable, meaning he wasn't allowed the opportunity for bond in that case.
On Wednesday in Phoenix, Sharper's attorneys there hope to convince a judge to give him an opportunity for bail in that case – a move that could prompt Korn to release Sharper on $1 million bail in Los Angeles on Thursday.
"Let's find out what happens tomorrow in Arizona," Korn said Tuesday.
Sharper, 38, is under investigation in five states for the alleged rapes of nine women: two in Los Angeles, two in Arizona, two in Las Vegas, two in New Orleans and one in Miami Beach, Fla. So far he faces formal charges only in Los Angeles and Arizona while the other cases remain open.
According to state law, California will be allowed to try its case against him first before others. Arizona authorities are seeking a governor's warrant for his extradition there but plan to wait their turn to prosecute him after Los Angeles.