Suspect in Bryan Stow beating says 'I was involved' in video
The preliminary hearing for the two men accused of severely beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow last year at Dodgers Stadium opened Wednesday with video of one of the suspects telling his mother he was "going down" for committing the assault.
Marvin Norwood, 30, is accused of repeatedly kicking and punching Stow while he was on the ground, causing severe head trauma that left the Santa Cruz paramedic with brain damage. This past March, Stow was transferred from a hospital to a therapy facility. His family has filed a lawsuit and is seeking $50 million in damages from the Dodgers.
The beating drew national attention and put pressure on the Los Angeles Police Department, city officials and the Dodgers to calm fears of violence among fans.
The Stow case took on added notoriety when police initially arrested parolee Giovanni Ramirez for the crime but could not link him to the beating. The case was reassigned to the robbery-homicide division; witnesses were re-interviewed and security video was reexamined, which led to the arrests of Norwood and Louie Sanchez, 29.
On Wednesday, prosecutors played video surveillance from an interrogation room where Norwood sat with LAPD Det. Howard Jackson, the first witness called to the stand. In the video, Norwood is shown speaking to his mother on a cellphone.
"I got arrested for that Dodger Stadium thing," he said. "I was involved. To a certain extent I was."
Norwood told his mother he couldn't say much over the phone, but said Sanchez was also in custody.
He then apologized.
"Pretty sure I'm going down for it," he said. "I'm sorry."
— Kate Mather and Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Dodger Stadium beating suspects Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5