The lead detective in the Arizona sexual assault case against former New Orleans Saint Darren Sharper testified in a Phoenix courtroom Wednesday, laying out his case. The Arizona judge held the first half of a hearing Wednesday afternoon to try and determine whether Sharper should be re-released on bond in Los Angeles.
Tempe Police Detective Kevin Mace testified that the three alleged victims in the case had gone to two Scottsdale bars with Sharper before returning to the apartment that two of the alleged victims shared.
The woman known as Victim A admitted to police that she had a previous sexual relationship with Sharper. Mace told the judge that Victim A had consensual sex with Sharper three days before the alleged sexual assault, and that his DNA was found inside her. Mace said that DNA could’ve been from the previous encounter. Mace also told the court that investigators found a partial match to Sharper’s DNA outside another alleged victim’s genitals and a full match to Sharper’s DNA on her leggings.
The second alleged victim, known as Victim B, told police Victim A was already seemingly intoxicated at the second bar they went to, called American Junkie. Victim A threw up at the table at American Junkie and was asked to leave. The detective told the court surveillance photos showed Victim A getting helped into her apartment complex by Sharper and the other two victims that night.
After putting her to bed, Victim B and Victim C told police Sharper insisted they keep drinking with him, and he made shots for them. They said they felt the effects of the shots four to five minutes after drinking them, with Victim B saying she didn’t remember anything that happened after that, but that she felt like she had had sex when she woke up the next morning.
Sharper’s attorney questioned the detective about Victim A’s past relationship with Sharper, and about the fact that she wasn’t feeling well the next morning with Sharper in her bed. She told police she told Sharper she didn’t feel like doing anything sexually and Sharper’s attorney said the former Saints player didn’t make any advances toward her.
Detective Mace also testified that a search warrant revealed they found shot glasses at the apartment the next day with a white residue on them. It tested positive for the generic form of Ambien. It’s the same drug Sharper is accused of using in cocktails to carry out sexual assaults in several other states.
The Arizona judge postponed the rest of the hearing until 3:30 pm CST. As of 5 pm, Sharper was scheduled to have an extradition hearing in California at 10:30 am CST. The California judge had scheduled that hearing to be held after the Arizona judge made a bond decision.
Sharper is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting women in five states, including two in New Orleans. He’s currently being held without bond in LA County. The Los Angeles District Attorney is expected to be the first to prosecute Sharper for the two alleged sexual assaults there.