Florida had requested no bail but Broward County judge Michael Davis set it at $25,000 for each of the eight charges against Baker for armed robbery and aggravated assault with a firearm.
Due to logistical limitations because of the coronavirus, the hearing was held via Zoom and broadcast live on YouTube. Baker appeared wearing a surgical mask. Davis also ruled that Baker must surrender his concealed weapon permit to authorities within 48 hours. He is prohibited from contacting any of the victims and cannot leave the state until further notice.
Baker’s attorney, Bradford Cohen, presented an affidavit from Dominick Johnson, a longtime friend of Baker and Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who also is being charged in the incident, stating that an argument broke out between individuals playing dice at a party on May 13.
“I was never in fear for my life in any situation that happened that day and DeAndre Baker did not take any property from me and did not point a gun at anyone,” the statement said.
Cohen, who posted on Instagram on Saturday that he had exonerating statements from seven witnesses as well as a video that will prove Baker’s innocence, said he is retaining the bulk of that evidence for a “strategic defense” if the case moves to trial.
Dunbar was released on $100,000 bail, $25,000 for each of the four charges he faces. The two NFL players turned themselves in to police on Saturday after the arrest warrant was issued on Thursday.NEWSDAY
Well shit, if Baker is found guilty he could face a mandatory minimum of 15 years for each of the armed robbery charges. This is a terrible look on the Giants even if he turns out to not be guilty. I don’t want to speculate on an ongoing investigation but I hope Cohen has hours of footage that would prove Bakers innocence. I want to believe in the good but I feel like you don’t just make up that you and four of your friends got robbed at a house party, after a dispute. I guess only time will tell.