Lewis settles suit with Lollar family

Updated: May 1, 2004, 3:26 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis has reached a financial settlement in a civil lawsuit brought against him and four others by the daughter of one of the two men that the NFL's top defensive player was accused of murdering in 2000.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed under a confidentiality agreement. But India Lollar, 4, the daughter of the slain Richard Lollar, is expected to receive a seven-figure payment under terms of the agreement. She and her mother, Kellye Smith, the fiance of Richard Lollar at the time of his death, originally sought $13 million in the suit.

The arrangement was agreed upon Thursday after several mediation sessions. A trial had been scheduled to begin June 14. Smith, who resides now in Decatur, Ga., reiterated on Saturday that she cannot discuss the settlement.

Lollar and a friend, Jacinth Baker, were stabbed to death in the Buckhead night life section of Atlanta in a melee several hours after the conclusion of Super Bowl XXXIV. Lewis, who was in Atlanta for the game pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge and was sentenced to probation. Lewis was initially charged with murder, but those charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

The civil lawsuit, which will now be dropped, was filed in August 2001.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for ESPN.com.