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Two men charged in Bryan Stow beating in court

 

The two men accused of brutally beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow are expected in court Wednesday morning to face the first day of their preliminary hearing. 

Marvin Norwood, 30, and Louie Sanchez, 29, were arrested last year and charged with felony assault and mayhem in the attack on Stow in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on March 31, 2011.

Additionally, the two men face federal weapon charges that are punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted.

Stow, 43, a father of two, was wearing a Giants jersey when he was attacked after the Dodgers' opening-day victory over the Giants.  Norwood and Sanchez are 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. 

Norwood and Sanchez pleaded not guilty in August and remain behind bars on $500,000 bail each.

Initially, the Los Angeles Police Department arrested the wrong person. The case was re-reviewed, which led to the arrest of Norwood and Sanchez.

Stow is still recovering.  He is in a wheelchair and has limited verbal ability and serious short-term memory loss.  

Last 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 preliminary hearing is expected to last three to four days.

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