Originally created 03/02/00

Report: Victims were attacked by as many as 10 people



ATLANTA -- Two men stabbed to death after a Super Bowl party in Atlanta's Buckhead district were attacked by as many as 10 people, an investigator's report says.

Baltimore Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis and two other men are charged with murder in the killings of Jacinth Baker, 21, and Richard Lollar, 24, both of Decatur. Lewis is out of jail on bail and is under a court-supervised curfew in Maryland. His codefendants, Reginald Oakley of Baltimore and Joseph Sweeting of Miami, remain behind bars.

The brief, written from witness accounts by medical examiner investigator Teresa R. Price, was published Wednesday in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Lollar's fiance, Kellye Smith, also told the newspaper that an undercover Atlanta police officer said he saw 10 people fighting with Baker and Lollar.

"He told me he yelled out, 'There's 10 on two,"' Smith said. "He said he thought of trying to get into the fight to help, but then thought better of it because there were so many people."

Atlanta police investigators and one of Lewis' attorneys, Ed Garland, have said there were at least 12 people riding in the Lincoln Navigator stretch limousine Lewis rented for Super Bowl weekend in Atlanta. They included Lewis, driver Duane Fassett, Oakley, Sweeting and at least two women.

Lollar's wounds indicate he was stabbed with a knife with a serrated edge, said Dr. John Parker, an assistant Fulton County medical examiner.

An autopsy found that Baker had a 4-inch cut across his abdomen. His wounds show no evidence of serration.

"That could mean they were stabbed with different knives or identical knives were used but the angle may have been different," said Parker, who performed the autopsies.

Baker also sustained bruises to his face, forehead and nose. Parker said that was consistent with falling on the pavement after he was attacked.

At Lewis' bond hearing Feb. 14, police investigator Ken Allen said Sweeting and Lewis had gone to the Sports Authority in Duluth on Jan. 29, the day before the Super Bowl, and Sweeting purchased three knives.

Police have said at least one of the knives Sweeting purchased was a small folding knife that attaches to the index finger. The only knife the Sports Authority sells that fits that description is the Gerber Chameleon II, which is partially serrated.

Neither District Attorney Paul Howard nor Atlanta police would say whether they are seeking more arrests in the case.