Former Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker’s armed robbery case has taken another wild turn after three of the four men he allegedly victimized recanted statements, The Post confirmed. Baker’s
Former Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker’s armed robbery case has taken another wild turn after three of the four men he allegedly victimized recanted statements, The Post confirmed.
Baker’s attorney filed a motion to show cause as to why the fourth man should not be held in contempt of court for failure to appear at a disposition hearing on Oct. 9, per court documents. All four have given “conflicting statements about the incident” to the state attorney’s office.
Baker, 23, is being prosecuted in Florida on four counts of robbery with a firearm stemming from an incident where he and Seattle Seahawks safety Quinton Dunbar are accused of stealing $70,000 worth of cash and jewelry from a party in May. The 2019 first-round draft pick never returned to the Giants and was cut in September, after playing just one season. He remains a free agent.
Three men now claim Baker “did not directly or indirectly participate in any robbery or assist in a robbery at the scene or elsewhere” and they did not see him rob or assault anyone with a firearm, ESPN was first to report Friday after obtaining sworn statements.
The credibility of the witnesses is in question because they previously said they were paid off to recant their initial sworn statements against Dunbar. Prosecutors dropped the charges against Dunbar because of a lack of sufficient evidence.
The Giants have struggled to replace Baker, starting the since-released Corey Ballentine and the injured Ryan Lewis and Isaac Yiadom in his place. Madre Harper could become the Giants’ fourth different starter in the first 10 games opposite top cornerback James Bradberry.
Baker faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison if convicted. The next hearing is set for Dec. 2.
— Paul Schwartz contributed to this report