Darren Sharper To Face Trial For Drug Charge Prior To Rape Cases
Former Saints safety Darren Sharper has been ordered to be brought to New Orleans to face federal drug charges against him, putting that case ahead of the related rape charges he faces in three separate state jurisdictions.
In paperwork filed Monday, Magistrate Judge Michael North ordered that Sharper be brought to New Orleans by Feb. 23 to face his arraignment on three counts in which Sharper is accused of drugging women with an Ambien-like drug in order to knock them out and sexually assault them.
The extradition will put the federal case ahead of the separate state rape charges he faces in New Orleans, Tempe, Arizona and Los Angeles. Sharper will be transferred by U.S. Marshals from Los Angeles County Jail, where he has been held without bond since March 2014.
The formal extradition demand – a writ of habeas corpus – comes in the form of an order from the president of the United States and cannot be challenged.
In the federal indictment issued Dec. 12, Sharper is charged alongside former St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Licciardi. Both men are charged with three narcotics counts related to drugging women with the intent to sexually assault them.
Licciardi, who was fired as soon as the indictment was announced, is also charged with witness tampering and obstruction of justice. He was ordered held without bond as a flight risk and possible danger to the community.
Darren’s goin’ down.
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