DeAndre Baker’s lawyer claims Giants corner is ‘innocent of any charges’ in South Florida armed robbery
DeAndre Baker’s Florida defense attorney, Bradford Cohen, posted on Instagram both Friday night and Saturday morning claiming he believes his client “is innocent of any charges” based on a “trove of evidence” that includes “7 affidavuts (sic)” from “witnesses” who “dispute the allegations.”
Cohen claims his law firm’s “investigator” has had these affidavits from several witnesses “for some time,” although police were only called to the scene of the alleged incident at approximately 12:20 a.m. Thursday, per the affidavit submitted by Detective Mark Moretti.
Baker also still had not turned himself into police as of 9 a.m. on Saturday.
“Police do not have any additional information at this time,” Miramar Police Department public information officer Tania Rues told the Daily News.
Cohen says the Miramar P.D. “can only base warrants on what was told to them at the time,” so he is accepting that the police based the warrant for Baker’s arrest on the taped, sworn and separate testimonies of four alleged victims and one witness.
It was unclear whether Cohen is accusing the department or the alleged victims of mugging for the cameras by releasing the warrant publicly on Thursday night, saying: “Where some seek publicity, we seek justice.”
But that claim ignores that Cohen’s client has not turned himself in and has been accused of armed robbery and aggravated assault with a semi-automatic firearm, eight counts in all, giving police reason to believe he could remain a danger to others.
The affidavit even says one of Baker’s accomplices was wearing a red mask and alleges, according to testimony from multiple witnesses, that “Baker directed the assailant in the red mask to shoot [an unnamed person], who was just walking into the party.”
The severity of Baker’s charges and the four charges against Seattle Seahawks corner Quinton Dunbar, in fact, carried the recommendation of “no bond,” or bail, listed in the affidavit.
As the News reported on Friday, it is possible, according to legal experts, that Baker and/or Dunbar have not turned themselves in yet because their attorneys are negotiating a bail amount with prosecutors in Broward County (Fla.).
And Cohen appeared to confirm that likelihood at the top of his statement, saying: “I want to thank @miramarpd for being professional in regards to surrendering and issues with the case.”
The warrant for Baker’s arrest also mentioned that a person known throughout the residence as “Coach,” identified as Dominick Johnson, said he “has known Deandre Lamar Baker and Quinton Disheen Dunbar since they were children” and that “he saw Baker armed with a handgun” at the party.
Moretti wrote that “Johnson was in contact with Baker” and that Moretti “attempted to talk with Baker via Johnson’s cell phone, but Baker refused to speak with [the detective] and immediately terminated the call.”
The Miami Herald reported Friday afternoon that Dunbar’s attorney, Michael Grieco, said five witnesses had attested Dunbar was not involved. And Grieco also told the Herald he had presented these new affidavits to the Broward State Attorney’s Offices but prosecutors were still requiring Dunbar to turn himself in and be jailed.
In response, however, the Miramar P.D. spokesperson told the News: "We have taped statements, sworn statements from each of the victims that were interviewed separately. The affidavit speaks for itself. If the victims have a different story to tell, they have not come to the Miramar police department and given any revised or different statements. If the victims have a different story to tell, they have not come to the police department to give it.”
Here are Cohen’s full two statements released on his Instagram account @lawronin. Cohen has represented other high profile clients in the past including rapper Kodak Black and former Giant Plaxico Burress:
Friday night statement: “I want to thank @miramarpd for being professional in regards to surrendering and issues with the case. We understand that the officers can only base warrants on what was told to them at the time. We have had affidavits from several witnesses that also dispute the allegations and exculpate our client. Our investigator has had them for some time. We would have rather presented them to the court at the proper time, rather than in the media, but in this day and age, people rush to judgement. Where some seek publicity, we seek justice. I look forward to moving this case forward to proper conclusion, as we believe our client is innocent of any charges.
Saturday morning statement: “We will be presenting the trove of evidence we have obtained over the past 3 days to the judge at the right time 7 affidav(i)ts exonerating my client and video evidence.”