Former NFL star Darren Sharper returns to court Thursday for a hearing in Los Angeles that will determine whether he is released on bail.
The decision follows a new set of charges against Sharper alleging that he sexually assaulted and drugged two women in Tempe, Ariz. last year.
The athlete has been in a Los Angeles jail since Feb. 27, when he turned himself in on an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities on similar charges. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Renee Korn said last week that she could not hold Sharper indefinitely unless he was charged in New Orleans, which has not yet happened.
The Arizona indictment will give Los Angeles prosecutors another opportunity to argue that Sharper should remain in custody, despite being freed on $1 million after pleading not guilty to charges he drugged and raped two women in Los Angeles County. District Attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison declined comment on how prosecutors would treat the new charge in court Thursday, but prosecutors have said they want their case handled before any others.
In addition to the accusations in California, Lousiana and Arizona, Sharper is also under investigation for drugging and raping women in Nevada and Florida. His attorneys expect him to be exonerated in the Los Angeles case.
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