Man testifies that Dodger Stadium beating was unprovoked
The beating of Bryan Stow in a Dodger Stadium parking lot on opening day last year was unprovoked, according to testimony Friday by a man who was also attacked.
Alan "Jeff" Bradford testified during the preliminary hearing for the two suspects accused in the attack that a man dressed in a white Dodgers jersey went after him and a group of his friends, who had driven down from the Bay Area for the game.
The man shoved Stow and punched another friend in the face, Bradford testified. The friend turned and walked away and the others followed, Bradford told a judge hearing evidence against Louie Sanchez, 30, and Marvin Norwood, 31.
Moments later, Bradford said, there were running footsteps behind them and a second assault. Bradford said that the man in the jersey punched him in the head, knocking him to the ground. He said he rose, threw a stack of souvenir beer cups at the man and a second assailant, then noticed Stow falling backward. He said Stow made no attempt to brace himself and appeared to be unconscious.
"It was just like a tree falling," Bradford said.
Stow suffered a fractured skull in the March 31, 2011, attack. He has brain damage and is unable to walk or carry on a conversation, authorities said.
Bradford took the stand on the third day of a preliminary hearing to determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to try Sanchez and Norwood. The Rialto men are charged with mayhem, assault and other felonies.
Like other witnesses thus far, Bradford was not able to identify Sanchez and Norwood as the assailants. He said he never got a good look at the second attacker. He picked Sanchez out of a police line up as "looking familiar" from the crime scene, but said he could not say for sure if he was the man who punched him.
Prosecutors have said the defendants incriminated each other in statements to police and that Sanchez's sister, who allegedly drove the men from the stadium, testified before a grand jury investigating the incident.
-- Harriet Ryan
Photo: Marvin Norwood, left, his attorney, Victor Escobedo, and codefendant Louie Sanchez during their preliminary hearing. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times