20th April 09:37
Ravens' Lewis Settles to Avoid Civil Case
ATLANTA (AP) -- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis reached
a financial settlement with the daughter of one of two men killed in
a fight after the Super Bowl in January 2000, avoiding a civil trial
scheduled to begin next month.
Thomas Carlock, Lewis' Atlanta-based attorney, said Sunday
the agreement was reached Thursday.
"The parties reached an amicable resolution and the case
will be dismissed," Carlock said, adding that both sides agreed no
details would be released.
Carlock would not comment on a report in The Baltimore Sun
that Lewis agreed to pay at least $1 million to settle the case.
The settlement compensates 4-year-old India Lollar, the
daughter of Richard Lollar, a barber stabbed to death outside a
nightclub in the Buckhead district of Atlanta. India Lollar was born
shortly after his death.
Carlock confirmed Lewis was in Atlanta for the settlement
The settlement, which followed three mediation sessions
between the parties, pre-empted a potential civil trial scheduled to
begin June 14.
Carlock said the suit against Lewis and co-defendants
Reginald Oakley, Joseph Sweeting, Kwame King and Carlos Stafford
will be dropped "soon."
A suit filed by the family of the other victim in the fight
was settled previously. Terms were not disclosed.
Michael Weinstock, an attorney representing the Lollar
family, told the Baltimore paper the case was "settled to the
satisfaction of the parties."
Atlanta authorities charged Lewis with two counts of murder
and four other felony counts in the Jan. 30, 2000, deaths of Lollar
and Jacinth Baker. Co-defendants in the case were Oakley and
Sweeting. King and Stafford were not charged.
All the felony counts were eventually dropped against Lewis,
who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of justice charges and
was sentenced to a year of probation. He testified against Oakley
and Sweeting, who were found not guilty in June 2000. No one else
was charged in the killings.