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Lawyers Ask Jurors To Lewis Scene

April 21, 2000

ATLANTA (AP) _ Prosecutors want jurors in Ray Lewis’ murder trial to be taken in a limousine to the spot where two men were stabbed to death early Jan. 31.

In a court motion filed this week, the Fulton County prosecutor’s office asked for jurors to be allowed to sit in the 40-foot limo in which the Baltimore Ravens linebacker and his friends were riding, and to revisit the crime scene at the same time _ 4 a.m.

In other motions, prosecutors want:

_ A prohibition of defense claims that unidentified persons killed the men, unless they first prove to the court’s satisfaction that there is a plausible alternative theory.

_ To introduce into evidence previous assault charges against Lewis and co-defendant Reginald Oakley, as well as subpoena friends of Lewis to establish a relationship between Lewis and Oakley.

Lewis, Oakley, of Baltimore, and Joseph Sweeting of Miami are accused in the deaths of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar during a brawl after a night of post-Super Bowl partying.

``The jury’s understanding of the layout of the crime scene and the limousine (is) vitally important to allow them to critically evaluate witness testimony,″ the motion said.

That indicates the prosecutors want to head off defense contentions that the scene was not well-lit and that passengers in the back of the limo could not hear passengers talking near the driver.

The state wants to show that Lewis, who was sitting in the back of the limo’s tunnellike interior, could hear the other defendants talk about the stabbing. The limo driver has told police he had heard at least one defendant say he stabbed someone.

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