DeAndre Baker turned himself into the Miramar (Florida) Police Department on Saturday morning.
Now the justice system will grind away to determine whether the Giants cornerback flushed his career away or will be exonerated.
“Police reports are just that, reports of what was told to them or said to them,’’ Bradley Cohen, Baker’s attorney, posted on his Instagram account. “Court is what we use to then examine those reports, investigate those claims and allow the Defendant an opportunity to confront the evidence. Don’t rush to [judgment].”
Baker, 22, is charged with four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault.
Cohen said there is “video evidence” that helps exonerate Baker.
“We will be presenting the trove of evidence we have obtained over the past 3 days to the judge at the right time,” Cohen wrote Saturday in an earlier Instagram post that contained a misspelling. “7 affidavits exonerating my client and video evidence.”
A warrant was issued after the incident late Wednesday night in the Miami area.
Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar is charged with four counts of armed robbery with a firearm from the same incident. Dunbar’s attorney has also stated he has affidavits that exonerate his client.
As of Saturday morning, Dunbar had not turned himself in.
“Obviously we’re hoping just to simplify things that they turn themselves in within a reasonable amount of time,’’ Tania Rues, the public information officer for the Miramar Police Department, told The Post on Friday. “Yes, there are warrants out for their arrest and if they do not turn themselves in, this is just in general terms, if someone with a warrant for his arrest with these types of charges, if they don’t turn themselves in within a reasonable amount of time obviously there are other avenues we can take.’’
If Baker is found guilty of holding a semi-automatic weapon, he could face a mandatory minimum of 15 years for each of the four armed robbery charges, under Florida law.
In a statement issued on Friday, Cohen wrote “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 [judgment]. 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.’’
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