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Knife or not, Lewis could still be tried

The two men killed in a brawl that led to murder charges against NFL star Ray Lewis were stabbed to death by someone who "knew something about anatomy," a medical examiner said Wednesday.

The two victims' wounds were to major organs and both men quickly bled to death, said Dr. John Parker, a Fulton County associate medical examiner.

"A lot of times in a fight with a knife, we'll see just mayhem, people swinging wildly, abrasions, light cuts, things like that," Parker said. "This wasn't like that. These were well-directed wounds into vital areas. They knew what they were doing."

Lewis is charged with two counts of murder in the Monday stabbing deaths of Richard Lollar, 24, and Jacinth "Shorty" Baker, 21.

The Baltimore Ravens linebacker is being held without bail until at least Feb. 24, and faces life in prison or the death penalty if convicted.

Lollar was declared dead at the scene in the Buckhead bar district several hours after the Super Bowl ended 7 miles away at the Georgia Dome. Baker was transported to a local hospital, but was dead on arrival.

Parker said that Baker was wounded in his liver and heart, while Lollar's wounds were concentrated around his heart.

Lewis' lawyer, Max Richardson Jr., has acknowledged that his client was at the scene but did not kill the men. Erik Friedly, a spokesman for the Fulton County district attorney, said Wednesday it doesn't matter if Lewis actually held the knife _ he can still be tried for murder if he helped the killer or was involved in the fight that preceded the slayings.

Atlanta police would not disclose further details of their investigation. Officers reportedly are seeking arrest warrants for at least two of Lewis' friends who were with him Monday. According to witnesses, the two victims were involved in a fight with six men who fled in a limousine.

Police have released limousine driver Duane Fossett, according to a spokeswoman for All Stretched Out Limousine Service of Glen Burnie, Md. Fossett returned to the Baltimore area Wednesday and was "exhausted" after being questioned and kept in Atlanta Monday by investigators, Lorena Cochran said.

In The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday, company owner Anthony Toskov said Fossett told him Lewis did not kill the two men. Toskov also said Lewis had rented the limo and left Baltimore with some friends.

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