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Judge seeks more info for Darren Sharper co-defendant

NEW ORLEANS -- A judge on Thursday ordered prosecutors to provide more information on witnesses and allegations against the co-defendant of former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper in a federal drug and sexual assault case.

Sharper has pleaded guilty to drug and sexual assault cases in multiple jurisdictions. But his co-defendant in a Louisiana-based federal case, Brandon Licciardi, has pleaded not guilty.

Licciardi, a former sheriff's deputy in suburban St. Bernard Parish, is charged with joining Sharper in giving women drugs with plans to rape them. He's also charged with impeding the federal investigation.

Federal prosecutors argued that they've given Licciardi enough information, but Judge Jane Triche Milazzo ruled Thursday that prosecutors must offer defense lawyers information about witnesses and specifics about what information Licciardi is alleged to have withheld from investigators.