Darren Sharper co-defendant pleads not guilty to rape and assault

Darren Sharper co-defendant pleads not guilty to rape and assault

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Two of Darren Sharper's co-defendants in a federal rape case appeared in New Orleans Criminal Court Friday; one to answer to state rape and assault charges, and the other for a pre-trial hearing.

Brandon Licciardi, a former St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's deputy, entered two not guilty pleas to state charges for one count of aggravated rape and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Erik Nunez also appeared as his lawyer Jeffrey Smith filed several motions. One was to access and preserve the evidence, while the other to sever his clients case from those of Sharper and Licciardi.

Licciardi is also named in a federal indictment in the Darren Sharper rape case. He faces charges of human trafficking and drug distribution among others. He pleaded not guilty to those charges on Dec. 15th.

FOX 8 spoke with Eric Nunez's lawyer Jeffrey Smith after the hearing who says he wants his client to go on trial sooner than later.

All three defendants may appear together in court in New Orleans March 20th. In the meantime, Darren sharper remains in custody in California on separate rape charges. Federal prosecutors have sought to bring him back to New Orleans. If he is extradited, he may appear in his federal rape case at the end of this month.

Copyright 2015 WVUE. All rights reserved.