- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors said Friday that they have agreed to a delay in former NFL star Darren Sharper’s transfer from a Los Angeles jail to U.S. marshals’ custody in New Orleans, one of the jurisdictions where Sharper faces criminal allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted women.

Sharper faces state charges in California, where he has been jailed since last February, and in Arizona. And he was recently indicted in New Orleans on state and federal charges.

He was to be brought to federal marshals in New Orleans under court order in time for a Feb. 23 court appearance. On Friday, however, federal prosecutors filed papers seeking to have the transfer delayed until April 6, saying that California authorities asked for the delay and that Sharpers’ New Orleans lawyer did not object.

Also Friday, a co-defendant in the Louisiana cases, Brandon Licciardi (lih-CHAR-dee), pleaded not guilty to state charges.

Licciardi, a former St. Bernard Parish deputy sheriff, entered his plea on Friday before Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Karen Herman, according to NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1zoRfCk ).

In that case, Licciardi is charged with the aggravated rape of a woman on Feb. 2, 2013, and with three counts of human trafficking for the purposes of providing sexual conduct.

He also is alleged to have committed battery with a dangerous weapon on Nov. 17, 2013.

Licciardi is being held without bond on federal charges of distributing drugs to women with the intent of committing rape. He also faces charges of witness tampering.

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