Los Angeles County prosecutors on Friday turned over 10 compact discs of evidence to Darren Sharper’s attorneys, who two days earlier had filed a motion accusing the District Attorney’s Office of withholding evidence the defense said would undercut claims that the former Saint raped two women on separate occasions in California.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge set June 10 as the next time Sharper must appear in court as legal proceedings against him continue, said Greg Risling, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The office has declined to comment on the allegations it withheld evidence.
Sharper, who has been charged with rapes in Los Angeles and Tempe, Arizona, remains in jail, despite his attorneys’ efforts to have him released on bond.
He also was under investigation in Miami Beach for an alleged rape there in late 2012, but authorities there decided to close that case for various reasons, including a lack of physical evidence, conflicting statements from the alleged victim and a lack of corroborating witnesses.
Sharper remains under investigation in alleged rapes in New Orleans and Las Vegas, but his attorneys have tried in court documents to poke holes in those cases, as well as the case in Los Angeles.
In each of the cases, Sharper is accused of plying women with drug-laced drinks that caused them to black out or become disoriented. The victims have said they were assaulted by Sharper after they passed out.
In a motion filed Wednesday, Blair Berk, Sharper’s attorney in California, said evidence she had obtained showed that the DNA of two other unidentified men was found in sperm collected from the two Los Angeles victims. She complained that the DA’s Office didn’t immediately disclose this evidence to her, adding that the office still had failed to provide the names of the men whose DNA was linked to the victims.
Berk also said a new witness in Las Vegas has claimed he had “very rough sex” with one of the alleged victims in that case within 24 hours of the reported rape involving Sharper. That witness also told Las Vegas investigators he has texts suggesting the victim did not have sex with Sharper.
Berk alleged in her filing that a prosecution witness in the New Orleans case is himself under investigation by state and federal officials for an alleged drugging at a bar in an unrelated incident not involving Sharper.
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