By Brent Schrotenboer / USA TODAY Sports
LOS ANGELES — Former NFL star and accused rapist Darren Sharper will remain in custody in California without bail due to the seriousness of the charges against him, a Los Angeles judge ruled Monday.
Sharper's attorneys requested at the hearing that he be held under house arrest if Arizona – where Sharper is under indictment for two rapes – is not going to extradite him, but Superior Court Judge Renee Korn rejected the request. A Los Angeles prosecutor said Arizona does plan to seek extradition.
Sharper, 38, has been in jail for nearly a month after surrendering to authorities in Los Angeles on Feb. 27. He turned himself in that day because authorities in New Orleans issued a warrant for his arrest – a warrant that accused him of raping two women there last September. His attorneys argued in Los Angeles that he could not be held in jail indefinitely, especially after he already posted the required $1 million in bail on Feb. 20.
But his case soon was complicated by allegations in multiple states, all accusing him of raping women after drugging them. From September through mid-January, police suspect he raped nine women in five states and drugged at least 11 people – two alleged rapes in Los Angeles, two in Arizona, two in Las Vegas, two in New Orleans and one in Miami Beach.
Sharper was initially arrested on Jan. 17 in Los Angeles, where police booked him with raping two women on separate occasions after knocking them out with drinks laced with Ambien, a brand-name version of the sedative zolpidem, which is used to treat insomnia.
He was released at the time on $200,000 in bail, an amount that Korn later increased to $1 million after prosecutors in Los Angeles disclosed that Sharper is under investigation for the other alleged crimes in other cities.
On March 7, Korn indicated she was going to release Sharper on bail again if New Orleans authorities failed to bring formal charges by March 13.
Louisiana did not, but Arizona did.
On March 11, a grand jury in Maricopa County, Ariz., handed down an indictment against Sharper for allegedly drugging and raping two other women there in November. It was a non-bondable indictment, giving Korn a reason to keep Sharper locked up.
Arizona authorities said they would wait their turn to prosecute him after the California case is decided.
"In the meantime, we are preparing to have a warrant issued from our jurisdiction in order to ensure he remains in custody until we have the opportunity to have him returned to face charges in Arizona," said Jerry Cobb, spokesman for the district attorney's office in Maricopa County.
The LA County DA argued Monday that the Maricopa County DA would apply for an extradition warrant by Wednesday of this week, but their Governor's office could take 30 to 60 days to review it. That warrant would then be sent to California's Governor. The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office did say through a spokesperson, however, that they do plan to try Sharper before any other state. He has only been formally charged in Los Angeles and in Tempe, Arizona.
So far only California and Arizona have filed formal charges against him while investigations continue in other cities, including New Orleans.
Sharper's Arizona attorney, Skip Donau, said Sharper denies all the accusations.
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Darren Sharper's is next scheduled to appear in an LA County Court on April 15 for a hearing on both the extradition and on the Los Angeles rape case.