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Erik Nunez out of jail after being re-arrested


NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - After he posted a $400,000 bond in Orleans Parish Monday afternoon, Erik Nunez was quickly re-arrested on multiple traffic attachments out of Jefferson Parish.

Nunez's attorney, Jeffrey Smith, called the timing of his arrest unusual.

"Anyone who knows New Orleans knows when you have a traffic attachment they just give you a notice. If for some reason you don't get a notice, you'd have to wait two days for them to come get you. In this case, they were there almost waiting," Smith said.

Smith said Nunez wasn't released from the Jefferson Parish jail until around 2 a.m.

On Tuesday, he was back in front of a judge - this time in Orleans Traffic Court.

Smith said Nunez had to settle an old DWI charge.

"It wasn't on the docket, but they handled the matter and he paid his fines," he said.

Smith said now he'll focus on what's next in the alleged rape case against his client. Nunez, along with former Saints player Darren Sharper, is accused of raping two women in the Warehouse District last September.

Sharper remains jailed in Los Angeles County, where he has already pleaded not guilty to rape and drug charges and posted a $1 million bond there. However, he was picked up two weeks ago after the NOPD obtained arrest warrants for him on two counts of aggravated rape in New Orleans.

Last week, a Los Angeles judge said she was inclined to release Sharper on bail again unless prosecutors in New Orleans formally charge him.

A new hearing is set for Thursday.

"Well, if they want to charge him with aggravated rape, which is a capital case, they have to bring it to a grand jury. That could take some time since they'll have to get all the witnesses set up, so that may not happen on the California judge's time table," said FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti.

Raspanti, though, said the DA's office could formally charge Sharper on something else that doesn't require a grand jury. If there are no charges filed in the next two days,  Sharper could be released.

While his legal problems seem to be mounting, his alleged accomplice, Nunez, maintains his innocence.

"I'm more than sure that when it's all said and done, he'll be vindicated," Smith said.

Sharper is also being investigated for nine alleged sexual assaults or rapes in five states, including California and Louisiana.

He has only been formally charged in Los Angeles.

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