Any videotape evidence in Bryan Stow beating case cannot be destroyed [Updated]
A judge said that any video evidence collected in the Bryan Stow beating case be preserved by police.
The decision came Monday at the request of an attorney for a suspect in the case. The attorney argues that videotapes might exist that could exonerate his client and wanted to make sure none of the evidence was destroyed.
In the motion, attorney Anthony Brooklier says that suspect Giovanni Ramirez and his girlfriend stayed at a Comfort Inn on Vermont Avenue near the 101 Freeway on April 1 — the day after the beating outside Dodger Stadium.
Brooklier says video from the hotel and from a nearby gas station could show that Ramirez had a noticeable head of hair. The suspect in Stow's beating was described by witnesses and in police sketches as being bald.
[Updated at 8:18 a.m.: An attorney for the Los Angeles city attorney's office was in court Monday, and told the judge the office would preserve all evidence in the case, including photographs and videos. All sides agreed on this approach.]
Though Ramirez, 31, was arrested nearly two weeks ago, L.A. County prosecutors have yet to charge him in connection with the beating. Prosecutors asked police to gather more evidence in the case, and officials with the Los Angeles Police Department said they hope to present the case again soon.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on Thursday said detectives strongly believe Ramirez beat Stow and have enough evidence to prove it. Speaking to reporters last week, Beck said detectives plan to refile the case to prosecutors "in the near future."
"My job is not to prepare a case for the media," he said. "My job is to prepare a case in court."
Ramirez's daughter faced reporters Friday night, insisting her father was at home at the time of the attack.
"I think it's not my dad, and I pretty much know it's not him," the 10-year-old girl told reporters at a news conference. "I am sad because he's in jail."
-- Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
Top photo: Anthony Brooklier, left, speaks with J. Christopher Smith, both attorneys for Giovanni Ramirez, after a parole hearing for Ramirez Friday in Los Angeles. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press
Bottom photo: Giovanni Ramirez. Credit: Reuters