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Darren Sharper's DNA Found on Rape Accuser's Clothing: Police

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Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 08:03 AM

By Clyde Hughes

A Tempe, Ariz., detective testified this week that the DNA of Darren Sharper was on the clothing of a young woman who said the former star NFL safety drugged and sexually assaulted in November.

Another woman also accused Sharper of drugging and raping her, but no DNA evidence was found on her, detective Kevin Mace said, according to The Arizona Republic.

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The testimony came during a hearing in which Sharper's attorneys tried to convince a Maricopa County judge to allow him to travel from a Los Angeles jail to Arizona for a bond hearing.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Warren Granville hasn't yet ruled on the issue and will continue the hearing Thursday afternoon, according to The Associated Press.

Sharper has been in a Los Angeles jail since February on allegations he drugged and raped two women

There are several ongoing sexual assault investigations involving the former Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints player in Louisiana, California, Florida, Arizona, and Nevada.

Bail in Sharper's California rape case was set at $1 million, however, he was indicted in Arizona last month on charges of sexual assault and administering drugs and was denied bail. Authorities in California have kept him jailed since, and he didn't attend Wednesday's hearing, the AP noted.

According to the indictment in Arizona, Sharper allegedly gave the sedative zolpidem to three women and then had "sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact" with two of them without their consent on Nov. 21, after a night of drinking at bars and an apartment in nearby Scottsdale.

Sharper has not yet entered a plea in the Arizona case. One of his attorneys told the AP that Sharper will deny those allegations. He has pleaded not guilty in the California case.

Granville denied a request from Sharper's attorneys to set bail earlier this month, ruling that he didn't have jurisdiction until the former player was in Arizona. Sharper's attorneys argued that the former player is entitled to a hearing to determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence on the sexual assault charges to deny him bail, the AP reported.

Arizona automatically denies bail to people charged with sexual assault if the proof against them is evident or the presumption of guilt is great.

Mace said two of the three victims confronted Sharper the day after he committed the crimes, and he denied the allegations.

"He acted like he didn't remember," the detective said, according to the AP. 

Sharper is a five-time Pro Bowler who played in the NFL from 1997 to 2010, mostly with the Green Bay Packers. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Packers and one with the New Orleans Saints.

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