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Bryan Stow case: Alleged getaway driver to testify

June 7, 2012 |  9:29 am

 

The alleged getaway driver in the Bryan Stow beating case is expected to take the stand Thursday during the preliminary hearing for two men charged in the assault.

Dorene Sanchez, who was arrested in connection with the attack but not charged, is the sister of suspect Louie Sanchez and the girlfriend of suspect Marvin Norwood.

Though Dorene Sanchez provided key testimony against the suspects during grand jury proceedings, prosecutors said in their decision not to charge her that they could not prove she knew about the beating when she drove the men home from the Dodgers' opening day game against the San Francisco Giants on March 31, 2011.

During court proceedings Wednesday, a witness testified that Stow was attacked after he used medical slang to express disgust with local fans taunting his group of San Francisco Giants supporters.

A friend and fellow paramedic quoted Stow as saying "I hope they code" — shorthand for suffering cardiac arrest — of Dodger fans profanely jeering him and three friends as they left the game.

"His voice was raised, but he wasn't looking at anyone or directing it at anyone," recalled witness Corey Maciel.

He said Stow made the "code" comment after their group had endured hours of being heckled and having food thrown at them inside the stadium, and that the remark brought a swift reaction from a man in a Dodger jersey.

"What … did you say, homie?" Maciel said the man demanded before shoving Stow. He said his group of friends already had "our tails between our legs" and didn't respond to the man.

"We were just trying to get away," Maciel recalled.

A few minutes later, the same man and a companion accosted them deeper into the parking lot. He said the second men distracted Stow while the first blindsided him with "a long, sweeping haymaker" that sent him to the ground.

"I watched the back of his head bounce off the concrete and I heard the crack as it happened," Maciel said. He said that as he rushed to help, one of the men kicked Stow in the ribs while the other kicked him in the head.

"Not just little kicks. These were whole, wind-up, hard-as-you-can kicks," Maciel said. Stow has not been able to walk or carry on a conversation since the attack.

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