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Former NFL star Darren Sharper denied bail in Arizona

By Steve Almasy, CNN
updated 8:18 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
Sharper, here during a court appearance in February in Los Angeles, faces five counts of drugging and raping three women in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Sharper, here during a court appearance in February in Los Angeles, faces five counts of drugging and raping three women in Scottsdale, Arizona.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Darren Sharper is under supicision in five states, but charged in two
  • His attorneys have said he had cosensual sex
  • He faces yet another court date Friday in Los Angeles
  • Thursday's development likely means he won't get bail in California either

(CNN) -- Even though he's being held in California, retired NFL star Darren Sharper was denied bail Thursday by a judge in Phoenix, Arizona, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney's office said.

Sharper, a five-time Pro Bowl player, faces five counts of drugging and raping three women in Scottsdale, Arizona, in November.

Sharper has been in jail in Los Angeles since February 27 facing similar charges. Thursday's ruling in Arizona makes it more likely that Sharper will be denied bail in the California case as well.

Sharper, 38, was being held on $1 million bail connected with charges of drugging and raping two women in the Los Angeles area, but Judge Renee Korn removed the bail and ordered him to remain in jail in March when an Arizona grand jury indicted him.

The alleged rapes in California occurred in January and last October, authorities said.

Sharper is due in a Los Angeles courtroom on Friday.

Authorities have said Sharper is under investigation in three other states -- Louisiana, Nevada and Florida -- in cases of alleged sexual assault. So far, he has been charged only in California and Arizona, and he maintains his innocence in those cases.

New Orleans police have issued an arrest warrant for Sharper but he has not been extradited to Louisiana to face charges.

The application for the arrest warrant says New Orleans detectives interviewed two women who said they were raped on September 23. The two accusers told police they were so impaired they don't recall "the entirety of the sexual intercourse," and that they never agreed to have sex.

Shaper's attorneys have said that he had consensual sex with the women.

Sharper played for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints from 1997 through the 2010 season. The five-time Pro Bowl player intercepted 63 passes in his career, tying for seventh all-time. He is tied for second all-time in interceptions returned for touchdowns with 11, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com.

He was recently fired as an NFL Network analyst.

Police: Sharper, friend told others of raping two women

CNN's Chuck Conder contributed to this report.

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