Judge denies lower bond for Darren Sharper co-defendant

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A co-defendant in the rape prosecution against former NFL star and New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper has been denied a request to lower his bond.

On Friday, state District Judge Karen Herman threw out attempts by lawyers for 27-year-old Erik Nunez to have his trial assigned to a different judge and to have his bond lowered. Nunez remains in custody at Orleans Parish Prison on a $2.5 million bond.

Nunez is charged with two counts of aggravated rape for allegedly participating in attacks on two women who alleged were drugged and raped inside the downtown apartment of Sharper, the Saints' former Pro Bowl safety, in September 2013. Nunez is charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly erasing incriminating text messages.

His lawyers did not return messages seeking comment.

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