Witness didn't see Lewis hit, stab men

But woman's details may hurt Raven's co-defendants

March 05, 2000|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF

A woman who was with Ray Lewis on the morning two men were killed outside an Atlanta nightclub met with investigators for more than five hours yesterday, telling them that she never saw Lewis hit or stab the men -- but added details that might not be helpful to his co-defendants.

Jessica Robertson, who first met Lewis in Atlanta a few days before the Super Bowl, spoke with investigators with the Fulton County District Attorney's office under a negotiated immunity agreement that shields her from prosecution, said her lawyer, Akil K. Secret of Atlanta.

"It went OK. She told them what she knew," Secret said.

She was not sworn in during the interview, and the District Attorney's office had not threatened her with any charges to compel her testimony, he said.

Her statements appear to support Lewis' claim to innocence.

Robertson says members of Lewis' group overheard some men making plans to rob some of the people who had been with Lewis' party earlier that evening. They went to the aid of their friends and in the ensuing scuffle two men were stabbed, Secret said.

Killed that evening were Jacinth Baker, 21, and Richard Lollar, 24, both of Decatur, Ga. Robertson told investigators that Baker and Lollar were among the group planning the robbery, Secret said.

Lewis and two companions, Reginald Oakley, 31, of Baltimore, and Joseph Sweeting, 34, of Miami, have been charged with murder and assault in the incident, which occurred early on the morning of Jan. 31.

At least one other witness has told investigators that Lewis did throw a punch during the scuffle -- a distinction that will be important in the trial, which is scheduled to begin with jury selection on May 12.

Secret declined to comment on what Robertson said about Sweeting and Oakley's involvement, but a source familiar with her account said it does not exonerate them to the same degree as it appears to Lewis.

Secret said she lives in Houston but also spends time in Atlanta. She met Lewis for the first time in the week leading up to the Super Bowl, which was played in Atlanta.

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