We have been following the saga surrounding New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker since the warrant for his arrest was first announced way back on May 14th.
It has been a long, winding, twisting, turning story that has left many in doubt of the future of the young man and the Giants’ cornerback position.
Thursday it seems the case is taking another turn as Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News is reporting that no Florida State Attorneys’ office is investigating Dominic Johnson, who is a witness to Baker’s alleged robbery.
Believe it or not, it does not appear any Florida state attorney's office is prosecuting Dominic Johnson, the alleged witness to DeAndre Baker's & Quinton Dunbar's alleged crime who also is alleged to have organized alleged victims' pay-off described in my story in July (Thread) https://t.co/4EP3b2mxaj— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) August 20, 2020
Leonard continues in the subsequent Twitter thread,
Here’s what’s interesting (& this is all in chronological order): When I asked the Broward State Attorney’s Office why no charges filed yet against Johnson, spokesperson said that the “conduct ... is alleged to have happened in Miami-Dade County, not in Broward County.” (cont’d)
So I reached out to Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office. Spokesperson claimed: “We have had no investigative contacts on this matter from either the Miramar Police Department nor from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, who we believe were involved in this matter.” (cont’d)
This prompted me to go back to the Miramar Police Department and ask if this were true. Had they never contacted Miami-Dade SA’s office? Spokesperson: “That is not correct. We have documented correspondence with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office on this matter.” (cont’d)
Then I heard again from Miami-Dade SA spokesperson: “I have since learned, previously unknown to me, that the Miramar police had sent emails to a Miami-Dade ASA regarding expanding their criminal investigation of DeAndre Baker
Miami-Dade SA statement continued: “... Upon reviewing the matter, and upon having discussions with the Broward State Attorney’s Office, it was determined that Miami-Dade County was not the appropriate venue for such an investigation.”
So Broward claims no jurisdiction over any possible Johnson charges, although original alleged crime occurred in Broward.
Miami-Dade first claims it wasn’t contacted, then shifts and says well it was contacted, but this still isn’t where the case belongs.
And on & on we go ...
We’ll just have to wait and see what this all means and where the case is headed from here. Baker’s arraignment has been set for Sept. 15, at which point he will make his plea and the case will move into its next phase. Baker remains on the Commissioner’s Exempt list.
We will bring you more news on the Baker saga and from the Giants’ training camp as we get it.