BALTIMORE (AP) â€” Blood matching that of one of the two men fatally stabbed during a post-Super Bowl melee was found inside the rented limousine that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis used the morning of the murders, The (Baltimore) Sun reported.
Police laboratory tests revealed traces of Jacinth Baker's blood were also found in the area near where Lewis was sitting, according to anonymous sources close to the investigation. The tests were turned over by prosecutors to attorneys for Lewis and his two co-defendants, all of whom face first-degree murder charges.
Attorneys for Lewis declined comment, citing a gag order imposed by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Alice D. Bonner.
Prosecutors alleged that soon after the murders in an Atlanta nightclub district, some of the 11 passengers returned to the vehicle ``dripping with blood'' from the altercation.
Lewis was sitting in the rear of the limo, near the primary passenger door that he and other occupants used. That suggests others had passed by the player's seat and could have been responsible for blood being in the vicinity, The Sun reported in Wednesday's editions.
Lewis and two other men, Reginald Oakley, and Joseph Sweeting, are charged with the murders of Baker, 21, and Richard Lollar, 24, during a fight early Jan. 31.
DNA tests taken from blood in the limo match samples taken from Baker, Sweeting and Oakley, the paper reported. No blood matching Lollar's was recovered.
Witnesses have said Baker smashed a champagne bottle over Oakley's head. Sweeting suffered a cut to his finger, allegedly during the fight, according to court documents.