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Bond hearing held for former NFL star accused of sexual assault

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Former NFL player Darren Sharper is accused of sexually assault two women in Tempe.

He's also facing more charges in California where he is jailed as attorneys argue over his bond amount.

Investigators on Wednesday released some strong evidence against the player.

Wednesday's hearing was a bond hearing. Sharper was initially ordered to be held without bond in Arizona. His attorney wants that order changed and that is what the hearing was about.

Prosecutors called the lead detective in the case who told the judge they have DNA evidence against the former NFL player.

Both victims came forward back in November after a night of partying with Sharper. While at their apartment the women claim that Sharper made them shots.

"Victim B, what she remembered was after taking the shot she has no recollection of what happened shortly thereafter," said Tempe Police Detective Kevin Mace.

"What is the next thing she remembers," asked an attorney.

"She remembers waking up the next morning on the couch," said Det. Mace.

In a 162 page police report released Wednesday, investigators noted that they ordered testing of residue found in two plastic cups and two small pieces of a pill.

Both tests returned positive for Zolpidem, commonly known as the sleep aid Ambien.

The report also revealed that the former NFL star's DNA was found on one of the victims.

"Victim B, there was a partial match to Darren Sharper on the external genital swabs, and then a match to Darren Sharper on the leggings she was wearing at the time of the incident," said Mace.

Sharper's attorneys are quick to point out that he denies any sexual assault. In fact, Tempe Police did not find any of Sharper's DNA on the other victim. He even went to brunch with her and some friends the next morning.

"They said that she made one mention of something weird or strange happening and that was the end of the conversation, that is what they said yes, so it wasn't a big topic of conversation at brunch," said Skip Donau, Sharper's Attorney.

If the judge decides that Sharper should be allowed to post bond, then it's possible he could be let out of jail in California.

Another hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

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