Darren Sharper, co-defendants to appear in federal court

Darren Sharper, co-defendants to appear in federal court

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Darren Sharper's attorneys will argue Thursday why his federal sentencing should be delayed.

The cases of his co-defendants are also in federal court in New Orleans.

This could be a pivotal day for Sharper's two alleged accomplices, who say they want separate federal trials, and are willing to testify against Sharper.

During a phone status conference, a judge will hear a motion from Sharper to postpone his federal sentencing date for an additional 30 days.

This all stems from a plea deal Sharper took, agreeing to serve nine years in prison after being accused of drugging and raping women.

Erik Nunez and former St. Bernard Parish sheriff's deputy Brandon Licciardi will also be in front of a federal judge Thursday.

They both have a hearing on their requests for separate trials.

They face federal charges linked to the assaults of three women in New Orleans in 2013 and 2014.

According to motions filed by their lawyers, Licciardi and Nunez plan to defend themselves by blaming each other and Sharper.

Right now, both Licciardi and Nunez are set to go to trial in October.

Thursday's hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m., but there is no word on if the judge will return with a decision to sever the trials or not.

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