Ray Lewis   Ray Lewis
NFL star charged in fatal stabbings

Emerging details on Buckhead altercation

By Lyda Longa
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff Writer

Baltimore Ravens All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis is to appear in Atlanta Municipal Court this morning charged with murder in connection with the stabbing deaths of two men just hours after Sunday's Super Bowl.

The young men were killed in the trendy Buckhead nightclub district seven miles from the Georgia Dome, where the Super Bowl was played.

Jacinth Demarus "Shorty" Baker, 21, and Richard Dameco Lollar, 24, who had recently moved to Decatur from Ohio, died of multiple stab wounds.

Lollar, whose girlfriend is expecting their child this month, was dead at the scene. Baker died at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Atlanta Police late Monday night provided few details about the altercation that led to the slayings or the charges against the 24-year-old Lewis.

Lollar's grandmother said she last spoke to Lollar about 9 p.m. Sunday. He told her he and friends were heading to a Super Bowl party.

"He said, 'I love you,' " she said.

Lewis, a four-year pro football player, was scheduled to play in his third Pro Bowl next Sunday in Hawaii.

The Pro Bowl is the National Football League's all-star game.

Two years ago, Lewis signed a four-year contract reportedly worth $26 million.

Lewis, who is from Lakeland, Fla., played college football at the University of Miami.

Earlier, NFL officials said they were taking a wait-and-see attitude after learning that Lewis' name had surfaced in the murder investigation.

Police investigators were looking into accounts that Lewis was inside a black stretch limousine that raced away from the vicinity of the slayings. Police have impounded the vehicle.

Lewis said earlier that he had been cooperating with Atlanta homicide investigators probing the stabbing deaths.