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Prosecutors set their sights on Irvin's court bodyguard

Now that they're through with Michael Irvin, prosecutors want to target his bodyguard on charges of working without a valid private investigator's license.

The allegations were leveled against David Wells, 34, the former boxing coach who escorted Irvin to court during the Dallas Cowboys receiver's cocaine possession trial. Irvin pleaded no contest in the drug case two weeks ago.

Dallas County prosecutors want to indict Wells for something unrelated to Irvin's troubles. On Wednesday, four misdemeanor complaints against Wells were forwarded to a grand jury, alleging he has been operating as a private investigator without a valid state license.

First Assistant District Attorney Norman Kinne cited state records that show Wells last was licensed in 1992. Each complaint carries a penalty of up to a year in jail.

Wells told the Dallas Morning News in Sunday editions that he was not aware until recently that he was unlicensed.

Irvin's bodyguard also is tangled in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme.

Wells went to the FBI last year to report that two men had asked him to arrange the murder of Nabil "Michael" Aziz, a Dallas-area businessman, for $10,000.

One of the men was Oak Cliff grocer Abdel Rahim, the reported head of a Dallas crime family, then free on bond on a charge of paying gang members to kill longtime family acquaintance Ahmad Hassan.

At the time of the alleged solicitation, Wells was working as a private investigator to help Rahim's attorney prepare a defense in the Hassan murder. After going to the FBI, Wells made secret recordings of conversations with Rahim regarding the alleged Aziz plot, authorities say.

The FBI and Dallas police say Wells' decision to report the suspected plotters saved Aziz's life. Attorneys for the defendants contend, however, that Wells entrapped their clients.

Rahim, 38, was convicted last month in the Hassan murder and sentenced to life in prison. He has pleaded innocent to soliciting Aziz's murder, as has his co-defendant, Ahmed El-Hallaq, 48. Their cases are set for separate trials in August.

A defense attorney says the solicitation charge against Rahim should be dismissed because of Wells' dual role as private investigator and FBI mole.

BRONCOS: Offensive lineman Keith Kartz was scheduled for arthroscopic surgery today, possibly jeopardizing his return to professional football.

Kartz injured his knee skiing and has had five knee operations while sitting out the past two seasons. He spent last year in rehabilitation, then reinjured the knee this year in camp.

"If he's having problems with his knees, he'll probably retire," coach Mike Shanahan said of Kartz, who played for Denver from 1987-94.

RAVENS: When Baltimore plays its first exhibition game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, city officials say, many of the 67,000 fans may have a tough time finding a place to park.

"It's a huge crowd, and it could spell disaster if too many people decide to take their cars to the game," Maryland Stadium Authority executive director Bruce H. Hoffman said. "It's conceivable we could have 15,000 cars converging on 5,000 parking spaces. If that happens, people are going to be sitting in their cars through the first half."

For Baltimore's return to the league, 5,000 seats have been added at the stadium.

Wide receivers Michael Jackson and Derrick Alexander missed practice, but coaches hope both will be ready to return quickly. Jackson sat out with an injured hamstring aggravated over recent days, coach Ted Marchibroda said. Alexander left camp because of a family illness.

RAMS: Rookie wide receiver Eddie Kennison will be on the practice field today. Kennison, a first-round pick, signed a five-year deal that promises him $5.8-million, including a $2-million signing bonus.

Kennison, St. Louis' 18th pick from Louisiana State, has missed two weeks of training camp. His holdout was over the length of the contract. Kennison and his agent, John Hamilton, wanted a four-year deal and the Rams wanted five.

Coach Rich Brooks said it's too soon to say whether Kennison would be ready for Saturday's preseason opener at Pittsburgh.