Friday's roundup: Sharper case nears resolution
Los Angeles — An attorney for former NFL player Darren Sharper told a Los Angeles judge on Friday that she's planning a resolution of the rape charges filed against Sharper in four states.
Attorney Blair Berk said Sharper would enter a plea Monday in two jurisdictions, including California, that would resolve sexual assault allegations also pending in New Orleans, Las Vegas and the Phoenix area.
His Los Angeles attorney, Blair Berk, said Sharper would enter pleas in the Los Angeles and Phoenix areas on Monday that would resolve allegations there and in New Orleans and Las Vegas. Brian Russo, his attorney in Arizona, said his client will use video conferencing from Los Angeles, where he's being held, to allow him to make a change of plea in Phoenix.
A Los Angeles prosecutor told Superior Court Judge Michael E. Pastor she agreed with the move. Pastor set a hearing for 10:30 a.m. Monday.
Earlier in the day, Sharper was charged with drugging and raping two tourists at a Las Vegas Strip hotel while they were unconscious. The account is similar to allegations made against Sharper in California, Louisiana and Arizona.
The Nevada charges showed police and prosecutors are focusing on a pattern of drug-and-attack cases against the former NFL safety and TV analyst in Los Angeles, New Orleans and the Phoenix area.
Sharper's Las Vegas attorney, David Chesnoff, appeared Friday before a Las Vegas judge on two sexual assault charges accusing him of having sex with two tourists in January 2014 while the women were incapable of resisting.
Chesnoff declined to comment on the two Nevada charges, which each carry a possible sentence of 10 years to life in Nevada state prison.
Safety Louis Delmas is back with the Dolphins, which means he'll be reunited with former Lions teammate Ndamukong Suh.
Delmas, who was a free agent, signed a one-year deal to stay with the Dolphins. Last week Miami signed All-Pro defensive tackle Suh to a $114 million, six-year deal.
The Dolphins also signed running back LaMichael James to a one-year deal and re-signed quarterback Matt Moore.
... The Giants signed defensive end George Selvie, a college teammate of Jason Pierre-Paul at South Florida.