FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. NFL player DeAndre Baker was killed in a $ 800,000 blackmail attempt by a Broward County burglar suspect after MPs arrested a 50-year-old Miami-Dade County attorney.
The 23-year-old former New York Giants cornerback and Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar were both charged with allegedly involved in an armed burglary on May 13 during a gambling party at a Miramar home.
Attorney William Dean, a partner at Ford, Dean & Rotundo, PA in North Miami Beach, reportedly asked Baker to pay three of the alleged victims. Now prosecutors say it was all part of Dean’s under-the-table deal to have the alleged victims retract their allegations.
Dean got out of jail late Tuesday and spoke to Liane Morejon from Local 10.
“I’ve been in jail for 40 hours. I just got out, ”he said. “I can’t speak to what someone said or didn’t say. Obviously, I haven’t committed any crimes.
“I can tell you clearly and unequivocally that I am innocent.
With no credible witnesses to the break-in, Broward prosecutors were forced to drop all charges against Baker on Monday after MPs arrested Dean. State records show Dean, a graduate of New York University School of Law, was admitted to the Florida bar in 1997 and was a distinguished member.
Attorney Bradford Cohen represented Baker, who was no longer able to play with the New York Giants due to the case. Prosecutors had already decided not to bring charges against Dunbar, who still plays for the Seahawks.
Attorney Michael Grieco, the former Miami Beach Commissioner, was Dunbar’s defense attorney. The Miramar Police Department released a video in September of alleged extortion in Dunbar’s case.
Dean attended a virtual hearing Tuesday to face extortion / threat charges and was due to be released for a $ 10,000 bond.
“I’m going to get my legal team together in the next few days and get them moving on this case, and we will respond to these allegations in due course, in this place and place,” said Dean.
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