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June

June 5: Lewis pleads to misdemeanor charge.

January

Jan. 31: Lewis is held for questioning and later charged with murder after Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar are stabbed to death outside an Atlanta bar after the Super Bowl.


February

Feb. 1: A judge orders Lewis be held without bail for at least three weeks.

Feb. 6: A witness, reported to be Lewis' limousine driver, tells detectives that Lewis was involved in a fight outside of the Cobalt Lounge and threw a punch at the victims.

Feb. 7: Accounts from the other passengers in Lewis' limo conflict with the driver's story, as lawyers say the limo riders confirm Lewis' story that he acted as peacemaker. Also, police search Lewis' home and remove two boxes and a computer.

Feb. 10: Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting are charged with two counts of murder.

Feb. 11: A grand jury hands down indictments to Lewis, Oakley and Sweeting on two counts of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Feb. 14: A judge grants Lewis bail but rules he must stay in Maryland except when traveling to Georgia for matters pertaining to the case.

Feb. 17: Lewis reads a prepared statement in which he said he was "sorry about the tragedy that happened in Atlanta" but also maintained, "I am innocent."

Feb. 23: Judge Alice D. Bonner sets a May 15 trial date, complying with the defense's motion for a speedy trial.

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March

March 1: More details of the incident come out, from a medical examiner's report, including statements from witnesses that as many as 10 men jumped the victims, then stabbed and shot at them.

March 2: Prosecutors offer immunity to Jessica Robertson, who was with the defendants the night of the murders, in return for her testimony.

March 4: Robertson meets with investigators and tells her account of the story. She says the murders were the result of a botched robbery attempt by the victims, and that she never saw Lewis hit or stab the men.

March 8: Robertson turns over the clothes Lewis wore on the night of the murders to investigators.

March 10: Lewis formally enters his plea of not guilty at his arraignment.

March 23: Prosecutors in Baltimore County drop assault charges against Lewis stemming from allegations by three women that Lewis hit and pushed them at the Windsor Inn on Nov. 30.

March 25: More witness accounts are released after prosecutors turn over evidence to the defense. Included in the witness statements were reports that victim Jacinth Baker smashed defendant Oakley over the head with a bottle. There were inconsistencies among witnesses, mainly dealing with Lewis' role in the melee.

March 28: A statement from Jeff Gwen, a friend of the victims, saying Lewis helped escalate the fight that led to the murders, is made public. Defense attorneys plan to use Gwen's past legal problems to discredit him as a witness.

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April

April 5: The identity of the man who fired a gun at Lewis' limo is disclosed to defense attorneys. Marlin Burros, a friend of the victims, told police in March he fired at the limo trying to get it to stop.

April 7: Limo driver Duane Fassett receives immunity from prosecutors and spends several hours going over his story with investigators.

April 11: Police are unable to retrieve fingerprints from the knife found at the scene of the crime.

April 12: Statements from Keven Brown, a witness with no ties to either party, say Lewis was not part of the fights leading to the murders.

April 17: Lewis' lawyers ask for a separate trial from the other co-defendants. It was one of many motions filed, including assertions that the victims attacked Lewis and his group, and requests for background information on witnesses.

April 21: Among motions filed by prosectors is a request for jurors to be taken to the scene of the crime at the time the murders happened. Prosecutors also want to introduce previous assault charges against the defendants as evidence in the trial.

April 25: Evidence disclosed to the defense shows that blood matching that of victim Jacinth Baker was found in the limo used by Lewis.

April 28: Prosecutors file a detailed synopsis of what they believe happened on the night of the killings. According to prosecutors, the incident began with a random, profanity-laced exchange between one of the defendants and two friends of the victims. The prosecution's account also names Ray Lewis as an active participant in the fight.


May

May 1: Judge Alice D. Bonner rules that past accusations of assault against Lewis will not be allowed as evidence in the trial, but evidence seized from Lewis' house would be admissible.

May 5: Lewis' request for a separate trial is rejected. He will be tried alongside the two co-defendants, Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting.

May 15: Jury selection begins.


Ray Lewis Statement
Febuary 17, 2000:


First off I'd just like to say that I'm very sorry about the tragedy that happened that occured in Atlanta.

I mean, my sympathy goes out to the families, the friends of both of the men that died. I know their hearts are broken.

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You know, first I would just like to give honor to God and special thanks to my mom, my family, my friends, my team, my teammates, my fans, everybody who was there with me. I feel so sorry for them because it's been very hard for them. But you've heard it many times before, from my attorneys and from a lot of other people, but now you get to hear it from me: I am innocent.

But of course, I've been ordered by the court that I can't speak about the case, so I won't. All I can do is sit back and wait for justice to take its course and wait for everything else to take its natural...nature...course.

I'm looking forward to the day that all the facts come out, everything is out in front, and my name is cleared. Thank you.


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