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Judge refuses to release ex-NFL player Darren Sharper from jail

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TEMPE, AZ (CBS5/AP) -

A judge in Los Angeles has again refused to release former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper from jail.

Sharper is awaiting trial in Los Angeles after pleading not guilty to charges that he raped and drugged two women last year. He was previously released on $1 million bail before being charged in Arizona with similar counts.

Now, his lawyers say he should be freed again and kept under house arrest because authorities in Arizona have said they won't seek his extradition.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Renee Korn rejected that argument on Monday, saying she would wait and see if Arizona does seek extradition.

Her ruling came after prosecutors said the Arizona governor's office is preparing a warrant to extradite Sharper, even though he will first go on trial in Los Angeles. An April 15 hearing was sent.

Earlier this year, Tempe detectives served Sharper an indictment in connection with the alleged rapes of two women in Tempe in November.

Tempe Police Department spokesman Sgt. Michael Pooley said detectives have been working with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office on the investigation of two sexual assaults that happened on Nov. 21, 2013 in Tempe.

Tempe detectives went to the grand jury on the allegations where an indictment was returned and detectives served Sharper's attorney with the indictment on two charges of sexual assault, and three counts of administering dangerous drugs.

Sharper, 38, visited Arizona to meet a friend on Nov. 20, 2013. After going out for the night with her and some of her friends, they returned to the victim's apartment at 323 E. Veterans Way, Tempe police said. While at the apartment, Sharper allegedly mixed some drinks for the women and served them.

After having the drink, the women passed out and Sharper allegedly sexually assaulted two of the women.

A police report obtained by CBS 5 News revealed a third woman locked herself in her bedroom the night Sharper allegedly drugged and raped two of her roommates.

The women say when they confronted Sharper, he said he "didn't remember anything."

One alleged victim told investigators she thought Sharper was "acting."

Sharper is also charged in Los Angeles with drugging and raping two women.

Tempe police had detectives in the Los Angeles courtroom while Sharper was arraigned on two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

The complaint out of California alleges the controlled substances were morphine and zolpidem, which is sold under the brand name Ambien.

Prosecutors said he met two women at a West Hollywood nightclub on Oct. 30, invited them to a party and stopped at his hotel room.

He is accused of giving a shot of alcohol to each of the women before they passed out. One woman told investigators she woke up naked hours later with Sharper sexually assaulting her. The other woman awoke and "interrupted his actions," according to the criminal complaint.

On Jan. 14, Sharper met two other women at the same nightclub and invited them to a party. On the way, he invited both to his room and offered them shots before they passed out, prosecutors said.

When they woke up early the next day, one woman believed she had been sexually assaulted, the complaint said. Both women left his hotel and sought medical treatment.

Sharper was arrested on Jan. 17 and released on $200,000 bail. Prosecutors wanted his bail raised to $10 million because the Miami, FL, resident is facing similar investigations in Nevada and Louisiana, in addition to Arizona and California.

If convicted in the California case, he could face more than 30 years in state prison.

An arrest warrant was issued for Sharper and an acquaintance in connection with the alleged rapes of several women in New Orleans.

Sharper played in the NFL from 1997 to 2010, mostly with the Packers.

Sharper was selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Packers as a rookie and a second with the Saints.

Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News for updates on this developing story.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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