Work in Sports
Witness claims Lewis, Sweeting were involved in fight
Posted: Tuesday May 30, 2000 08:55 PM
By Nick Charles, CNNSI.com
ATLANTA -- Maybe the most significant testimony of the day came from one of the women in the Ray Lewis entourage.
Evelyn Sparks said she saw Lewis and one of his co-defendants, Joseph Sweeting, get into a physical altercation with two men. She says she also saw Sweeting with blood on him, presumably not his own, as the group piled back into the limousine moments before fleeing the scene of the crime.
However, as important to the district attorney and the prosecution's case, is what Sparks said she witnessed in the hours that followed.
On the stand, Sparks was asked by Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard when she saw an individual named "Carlos" with a bag, was he still wearing the same clothes she had seen him wearing earlier in the evening?
Howard: "The clothing with the blood on it?"
Howard: "So what did Carlos do with the bag?"
Sparks: "He threw it away."
Howard: "Where did he throw it?"
Sparks: "There were two big dumpsters and he threw it in one."
At one point during the questioning, Howard asked Sparks about a piece of Lewis' clothing.
"This has been marked by the defendant Ray Lewis," said Howard as he flung the suit down on the table in front of Sparks. "Is this the suit that you saw him wearing on that night?"
"No, it's not," she said.
"The suit that you saw him wearing that night, have you ever seen it again?"
"No, I have not seen it again," said Sparks.
The suit that Lewis was wearing that night has yet to surface and be submitted in to evidence.
Meanwhile, the man identified as going to the dumpster carrying the bag, has been identified as Carlos Stafford of Houston. His lawyer, who was in the courtoom on Tuesday, told CNNSI.com that his client would only testify if granted full immunity. That's something the district attorney's office is still considering.
The sixth day of testimony in this high-profile trial will resume Wednesday morning.