Ex-Giant DeAndre Baker cleared of robbery in Broward County; victims' lawyer arrested

Former NFL player had been charged with holding up 4 men
DeAndre Baker (left) and William Dean
Posted at 2:00 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 14:08:38-05

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Former New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker has been cleared of robbery charges in Florida after his alleged victims' attorney was arrested on extortion charges.

Prosecutors announced Monday they were dropping all charges against Baker.

That came shortly after the county sheriff’s office arrested attorney William Dean and charged him with extortion.

Baker had been charged with holding up four men at gunpoint at a May barbecue in suburban Fort Lauderdale.

Dean allegedly told Baker's attorney his clients would stop cooperating with investigators and change their stories in exchange for $266,000 each.

Dean's law partner declined comment.

Baker, a graduate of Miami's Northwestern High School, was released by the Giants after his arrest.

He was the team's first-round draft pick in 2019 out of the University of Georgia where he earned the Jim Thorpe Award for college football's top defensive back.