Foret: As charges pile up, Sharper may look at plea bargain

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Posted on March 13, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 14 at 9:26 AM

Mike Perlstein / Eyewitness News
Email: mperlstein@wwltv.com | Twitter: @mikeperlstein

NEW ORLEANS -- It was a very different Darren Sharper who showed up in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday as a judge ordered the former All-Pro defensive back held without bond on rape charges in two states.

Gone was the sports coat and designer sunglasses of his last court appearance, replaced by an orange prison uniform.

"The outfit he had on today was an orange jumpsuit, with a white t-shirt underneath, from behind a glass window," said Eyewitness News legal analyst Donald "Chick" Foret. "Darren Sharper, when you look at the picture from the courtroom today is a totally different person."

Sharper had previously been freed on a $1 million bond in two alleged rapes in Los Angeles, but an indictment for two more rapes out of Tempe, Arizona, led to him being detained as a fugitive.

Through his attorneys, Sharper has maintained his innocence. But with almost identical charges of druggings and rapes in two jurisdictions and very similar other complaints still under investigation in New Orleans, Miami and Las Vegas, Foret said Sharper's attorneys may be considering their options.

"Darren Sharper, very soon, is going to be faced with the real possibility, maybe I need to work out a plea bargain," Foret said. "It is quite possible that Darren Sharper, at best, could be a very old man before he gets out of jail."

The Los Angeles judge scheduled ordered Sharper back to court for a status hearing on March 24. At that hearing we could learn more about whether Sharper is likely to stay in Los Angeles to answer to those charges or be extradited to Arizona, where he is now a wanted fugitive.

 

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