Prosecutors in the case against Ray Lewis are apparently showing a preference for women when they consider grants of immunity to the companions of the Ravens linebacker on the night two men were killed in Atlanta, according to an attorney.
Dwight Thomas, who represents a man he will identify only as Carlos, has been unable to get immunity for his client before submitting to a police interview. He said the prosecutors, who have granted immunity to one woman, are trying to avoid doing so with the men who were in the Lewis party -- and presumably took part in the fight that left two men stabbed.
"I don't see them cutting a deal with us. Some of the females, though, may get deals," Thomas said last night after meeting with attorneys for Lewis and with one for another female witness whom investigators have shown interest in.
He says he thinks the woman will have an easier time getting a deal.
"They haven't said no to us, but they keep asking, `Why does he need immunity?' " Thomas said. His client, a Texas law student, flew to Atlanta during the weekend and plans to stay an additional day or two to see whether an agreement can be reached with prosecutors.
Thomas said he doesn't want his client talking unless he gets a written promise he will not be prosecuted.
Some witnesses have estimated that as many as 13 people were in the Lewis party on the night of the killings and sped away in a 37-foot limousine.
Among the male occupants of the limousine, three, including Lewis, have been charged with assault and murder. A fourth, Kwame King, had not been able to secure a shield from prosecution as of late last week.
The woman who obtained immunity, Jessica Robertson, spoke to investigators 10 days ago and turned over several bags of clothing, including the clothes that Lewis wore the night of the killings.
Charged with Lewis are Reginald Oakley, 31, of Baltimore and Joseph Sweeting, 34, of Miami. Police allege that the three men participated in a brawl outside a nightclub Jan. 31. Two men, Jacinth Baker, 21, and Richard Lollar, 24, were found dead on the street of stab wounds to the heart.