DeAndre Baker has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of armed robbery and aggravated assault, stemming from his arrest after he and another NFL cornerback, Quinton Dunbar, allegedly took money and watches from victims by force at a cookout in Florida last week. Per NJ.com, Baker requested a jury trial in connection with his plea -- which is standard procedure. No hearing date has been set and there is no timetable for a trial.
Baker and DunbarSunday after for their arrests.
Baker was charged with four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, while Dunbar was charged with four counts of armed robbery. The bond for each charge was set at $25,000, making Baker's total bond $200,000 and Dunbar's $100,000.
Both players were granted standard pre-trial release and thus are not to be allowed to leave the state of Florida. If they need to leave the state for work, however, the judge said that his ruling could be modified at a later date. Baker and Dunbar are also not allowed to be in contact with any of the alleged victims. Additionally, they must surrender any firearms.
Baker's attorney fired two motions Monday: that his client didn't have to turn his licensed firearm over to authorities and that the Giants cornerback not be forced to stay in Florida while out on bail. Baker's firearm motion was granted and the weapon is in the care of attorney Patrick G. Patel. The second motion has not been resolved, but judge Mariya Weekes has indicated Baker can return to New Jersey "at any time."
Baker told to stay away from the Giants' virtual offseason program and focus on his legal issues.with the New York Giants after being selected in the first round of the 2019 draft. Dunbar is a former undrafted free agent who played for Washington for five seasons before being traded this offseason to the Seattle Seahawks. According to a report from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, Baker has been
Per the police report, Baker took money and watches from the alleged victims with force and was armed with a semi-automatic firearm during an incident that occurred on Wednesday, May 13. Dunbar was allegedly assisting Baker in taking the money and valuables from the attendees at a party. The pair were allegedly attending a cookout when an argument ensued, resulting in Baker revealing the semi-automatic firearm. Baker allegedly directed a third person, wearing a red mask, to shoot a person who entered the party -- but the gun was not fired.
Both Baker and Dunbar are alleged to have taken more than three timepieces -- including an $18,000 Rolex watch and a Hublot worth $25,000. Baker and Dunbar also allegedly took over $7,000 in cash. Two affiants did not see Dunbar with a firearm, but one said the opposite.
Baker's lawyer, Bradford Cohen, issued a statement on Saturday morning in which he urged the public not to rush to judgment on his client's alleged actions.
"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 [the Miramar Police Department] and the detective working the case were accommodating and went out of their way to assure Mr. Baker's 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."
Patel said, "We sincerely thank all law enforcement for their diligent efforts to uncover the truth herein and sincerely apologize for the distractions that this event has caused to Deandre's team, teammates and the NFL community during this difficult time in everyone's life!"
Meanwhile, Dunbar's attorney, Michael Grieco, issued a statement claiming that five witnesses could exonerate Dunbar. Later that night, Cohen published a similar statement.