Giants CB DeAndre Baker was released from jail on bond on May 17 after turning himself in to face charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault. Baker's attorneys maintain their client is innocent.
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June 23, 5:55 PM:
We're back with some new info in the Baker case, as TMZ Sports has learned two witnesses have went on the record to say that the Giants cornerback never pulled out a gun or robbed anyone at that cookout back in May.
Baker and Quinton Dunbar were charged with four counts of armed robbery and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm back in May, and Baker's party has been denying that since the beginning. These witnesses could help expunge those charges, though.
"DeAndre Baker was near me, and he never pulled out and/or pointed a firearm at the party," one witness said.
They also said Baker didn't "take anything from anyone at the party," at least to their knowledge.
"In speaking to the witnesses, and reviewing the evidence we gathered, my opinion was not changed that he is innocent of the allegations against him," Baker's lawyer, Bradford Cohen, told TMZ.
May 27, 1:29 PM:
The Giants recently asked Baker to stay away from their virtual offseason meetings to focus on his legal issues. As of Tuesday, that had not changed, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.
But if the Giants eventually decide to allow Baker to return to their facilities in New Jersey when players are cleared to be present, the latest court order would allow him to.
Baker's request to travel for work purposes has been granted by Florida judge Mariya Weekes, with Baker responsible for providing information regarding a detailed itinerary regarding where he's traveling, where he will reside while out of state, and the dates of travel.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy gave clearance earlier this week for major local sports teams to reopen their facilities, though the current NFL protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic still prohibit players from being at team facilities unless they're receiving medical treatment.
May 21, 11:29 AM:
Baker's attorney has denied the fact that the Giants cornerback lost $70,000 at a gambling party prior to his alleged crimes. But Quinton Dunbar's attorney is saying otherwise, throwing him under the bus with a text that his client supposedly received.
The text, which is from someone who was at that gambling party according to Dunbar's counsel, mentions Baker losing a good amount of money. It also shows that Dunbar wasn't present like previous accusations said he was.
1/2 If, according to the accusers, our client Quinton Dunbar lost a bunch of money earlier in the week at some gambling party (suggesting he had motive)..why did the organizer text Dunbar about not knowing about the prior party and what went down? Answer: because he wasn't there. pic.twitter.com/X5em5EmQRB- Michael Grieco (@Mike_Grieco) May 20, 2020
Baker's attorney, Patrick Patel, is saying Michael Greico -- Dunbar's attorney -- is throwing out straight libel and slander. A lawsuit will now be coming his way.
"Baker is going to immediately file a lawsuit against Grieco for libel and slander, making everybody believe that Baker is in that picture, because his name is in the text,'' Patel told the New York Post.
Patel added that the man believed to be Baker in the photo with the red shirt standing over a wad of cash isn't his client.
"Look at the size of the arms and the tats," Patel said. "It's not him."
May 19, 11:56 AM:
Baker pled not guilty on Monday night to all eight counts he's facing -- four counts of armed robbery and four counts of aggravated assault.
In addition, the motion filed by Baker's attorneys requesting for him to not be forced to turn his firearm in to Florida authorities was approved.
The motion also asked for Baker to be allowed to return to New Jersey as soon as it's "safe to travel up there."
"We have concerns because we don't believe any of the witnesses in this case," Patel told NJ.com on Monday. "If we just turn the gun in, they're just going to say, 'Well, that's the gun.' You know what I mean? If we don't [turn the gun in], they can say it's a black gun, then it turns out to be a blue gun. It further adds to my suspicion that this is a shakedown."
May 18, 11:37 AM:
Baker's attorneys have filed a motion requesting that he not be forced to turn his firearm in to Florida authorities and for him to be allowed to return to New Jersey, attorney Patrick G. Patel told NJ.com.
May 17, 11:40 PM:
Calling the charges against Baker "complete garbage," attorney Patrick G. Patel told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano in an exclusive interview that he believes his client is the victim of a "shakedown" and is being accused of a crime he did not commit. Patel also believes Baker has been "scared straight" by the situation.
"He's got an opportunity to become the next Ray Lewis and not the next Ray Rice," Patel said. "There's two guys who went in two different directions. I told DeAndre that. And he seems very focused. He's scared straight. I can say that."
May 17, 12:54 PM:
Baker was told to stay away from the Giant's virtual team meetings so he can "focus on his legal issues" after being released from jail on bond, a source familiar with the team's thinking told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.
Baker, who is facing four charges of armed robbery and four charges of aggravated assault, was released on bond at $200,000 ($25,000 on each count), after a ruling by a Florida judge on Sunday morning.
As conditions of his release, Baker will be required to surrender his carry permit and firearm. Additionally, he will not be allowed to have any contact with the alleged victims in the case. The state asked for no bond.
May 15, 10:23 PM:
One of Baker's attorneys issued a statement via Instagram saying his client his innocent.
"We understand that the officers can only base warrants on what was told to them at the time," attorney Bradford Cohen wrote. "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."