Giants CB Deandre Baker‘s attorney, Bradford Cohen, believes his client should be exonerated from armed robbery and aggravated assault with firearm charges after TMZ’s report that two witnesses indicated that Baker never pulled a weapon or robbed anyone at a Florida party last month.
“This young man should be able to put this behind him,” Cohen said, via Zack Rosenblatt of NJ Advance Media. “It is in the hands of the state attorney’s office and we won’t comment on the additional facts of this case that would lead us to believe he is innocent.”
Another member of Baker’s defense team, Patrick G. Patel, confirmed that two witnesses will testify on behalf of Baker.
“I can confirm our position that we do have witnesses that will testify to DeAndre’s innocence,” said Patel.
Last month, Baker pleaded not guilty to all eight charges he’s facing in the armed robbery case.
Baker is specifically facing four counts of armed robbery and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, stemming from an incident that took place last week. He was released on $200,000 bond after turning himself in to place.
Baker and Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar were accused of armed robbery and arrest warrants were issued for them.
The two players were partying in Miramar, FL. on May 13th and were allegedly hanging at a cookout when an argument broke out Baker pulled out a semi-automatic firearm.
Police said Dunbar assisted in taking watches and other valuables at the direction of Baker. In total, Baker allegedly stole $12,400 in cash from four people and four watches ranging in price from $600 to $25,000 worth $61,100 in total.
A witness mentioned that Baker and Dunbar were at another party a few days earlier where they “lost about $70,000” gambling.
Baker was allegedly wearing a red mask and directed another man to shoot someone who had just walked into the party.
Baker, 22, is a former first-round pick of the Giants back in 2019. He’s in the second year of his four-year, $10,525,716 contract that included a $5,675,064 signing bonus.
The contract includes a fifth-year option for the Giants to pick up for the 2023 season.
In 2019, Baker appeared in all 16 games for the Giants and recorded 61 tackles, no interceptions and eight passes defended.
We’ll have more regarding Baker as the news is available.