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'An all-out brawl'
Report: Witness says Ravens' Lewis did not fight
Posted: Thursday April 13, 2000 08:32 PM
ATLANTA (AP) -- A reluctant witness may help the murder defense of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis because he told police he saw a fight in which two men were fatally stabbed, but did not see Lewis participate, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday.
Keven Brown, a security guard, has refused all requests for interviews by the news media, but he has given authorities his account, the newspaper said.
Brown told authorities he saw two men attacking Jacinth Baker and two more fighting with Richard Lollar seconds before they lay bleeding on the street on Jan. 31.
But he told police Lewis was not part of those scuffles. Brown's statements are among dozens prosecutors have taken from witnesses, including two who say Lewis did participate in the brawl that night.
Lewis is charged, along with Reginald Oakley of Baltimore and Joseph Sweeting of Miami, in the stabbing deaths of Baker and Lollar. They are scheduled to go to trial May 15.
Brown is one of only a few witnesses with no ties to either side of the fight. And of those witnesses, he apparently saw the most.
When Brown arrived at the scene, what he saw was chaos.
"Punches were being thrown, bottles swung," Brown said. "It was an all-out brawl."
Brown, 34, said he could identify Lewis, having seen him when he worked security for Atlanta Falcons players.
Brown encountered a "very intoxicated" Lewis staggering out of the Cobalt Lounge with his arms around two women who were helping him walk down the street. "He could barely talk or walk," Brown said.
While Brown did not say he saw Lewis involved in the fights, two other witnesses have told police they saw Lewis participate. Duane Fassett, the driver of Lewis' stretch Lincoln Navigator limousine, told police he saw Lewis "throw a punch."
Jeff Gwen of Akron, Ohio, a friend of the victims, told authorities he saw Lewis fighting with one of the victims.
No witness has said Lewis held a knife. But under Georgia law, a person can be convicted of felony murder if he is found to have committed a felony which led to the victim's death. Lewis has been charged with aggravated assault.
Brown said he yelled at the men to stop fighting and then jumped into the fray, according to the paper.
The closest victim to him, Brown said, was a "little guy" (Baker) being beaten by a man wearing a black fur jacket and being kicked by another man. "He wasn't putting up very much of a fight.
"As I got closer to the fight, I grabbed one of the guys and shoved him aside," he said. "I don't remember what that guy had on and the only reason I remember the fur jacket is because I grabbed him," Brown said. "The other guys stopped and started to run away."
Within seconds, Brown stood over Baker who lay dying of stab wounds. Brown then looked up and saw a mortally wounded Lollar stagger over to Baker and then tumble backward to the pavement.
He said he saw a knife on the ground and overheard an unidentified person say, "I stabbed him."
Brown stayed at the scene, dialing 911. He reported hearing the gunshots fired at Lewis' rented limo as it left the scene.