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Darren Sharper rape case co-defendants seek separate trials

1 year 8 months 4 days ago September 22, 2015 Sep 22, 2015 Tuesday, September 22 2015 September 22, 2015 10:48 AM in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: Kevin McGill
Image: Tulane Public Relations / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic / MGN

NEW ORLEANS - Co-defendants of former NFL star Darren Sharper in Louisiana sexual assault cases have asked a federal judge for separate trials. 

Erik Nunez and former St. Bernard Parish sheriff's deputy Brandon Licciardi (lih-CHAR'-ee) are the remaining defendants in state and federal cases in which Sharper has pleaded guilty. Nunez is accused of obstructing the federal case; Licciardi is accused of distributing drugs to women, intending to rape them. 

The judge's ruling was pending Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday, the judge rejected a prosecution motion to disqualify Nunez's lawyer, Sara Johnson. 

Court filings state that Sharper once made a $10,000 payment to Johnson to represent Nunez. Prosecutors said that posed a conflict, since Sharper is now cooperating in the case against Nunez. But Nunez said in court he doesn't want to change lawyers.

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