New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker turned himself in to the Broward County Jail on Saturday. His lawyer, Bradford Cohen, confirmed it on Instagram.
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Reports are correct that Deandre turned himself in this morning. I am a believer in the system and that if everything works the matter will be appropriately resolved. Both my client and I have felt @miramarpd and the Detective working the case, were accommodating and went out of their way to assure Mr Bakers privacy during this hard time. That is not just lip service, it is fact,, and we appreciate it. This is my 23rd year in practice defending those who I feel are wrongly charged or wrongly treated. That doesn't mean that all police officers are bad or all are good. We all have jobs to do and I believe we all do them to the best of our ability. Police reports are just that, reports of what was told to them or said to them. Court is what we use to then examine those reports, investigate those claims and allow the Defendant an opportunity to confront the evidence. Don't rush to judgement.
“We believe our client is innocent of all charges,” Cohen told Cameron Wolfe of ESPN. “We urge people not to rush to judgment. We have affidavits from several witnesses that exonerate my client.”
Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar are accused of forcefully stealing money and watches while armed with semiautomatic firearms at a party late Wednesday night. The arrest warrant states that Baker threatened people with a firearm and ordered another suspect to shoot someone who had just arrived to the party.
Baker is facing four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. Dunbar, who hasn’t turned himself in yet, is facing four counts of armed robbery with a firearm.
Baker is currently being held without bond and bail could be set during his first court appearance on Sunday, according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. Cohen claims there is video evidence that exonerates him.
Baker could face 15 years in prison for each of the four counts of armed robbery if found guilty.