Source: Brent Schrotenboer / USA Today
PHOENIX — A Phoenix judge ruled Thursday that former NFL star Darren Sharper is not entitled to bail in Arizona, finding “proof evident and presumption great” that he raped a woman in Tempe on Nov. 21.
In making his ruling, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Warren Granville cited DNA evidence from inside the woman’s vagina that partially matched Sharper’s. Sharper did not previously know the woman, identified in court as “Victim B,”according to testimony from Tempe police Det. Kevin Mace. Another woman in the apartment that night, identified as “Victim C,” said she witnessed Sharper naked and making thrusting movements over Victim B, who has no recollection of what happened in the hours after consuming a drink Sharper made her that night, Mace said.
The judge said Sharper should be entitled to $1,000 bond on the other four charges he faces in Arizona, including the drugging and rape of another woman, identified as “Victim A,” and the drugging of Victim C.
But Granville’s ruling regarding Victim B is likely to be enough to keep Sharper incarcerated indefinitely in Los Angeles, where he is charged with two more rapes.
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