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Bryan Stow beating: Suspects to return to court for hearing

June 6, 2012 | 10:19 am

Co-defendant Marvin Norwood (left), with his attorney Victor Escobedo and co-defendant Louie Sanchez, right, appear in court for the second day of their preliminary hearing in a Los Angeles courtroom last week.

The preliminary hearing for two men accused in the brutal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium last year will resume Wednesday after three days of proceedings last week.

The hearing will determine whether there is enough evidence for Marvin Norwood, 31, and Louie Sanchez, 30, to stand trial on felony charges, including mayhem and assault in connection with the March 31, 2011, attack.

Stow, a 43-year-old father of two, suffered serious head trauma and remains in a therapy facility.

The hearing opened May 30 with a dramatic video depicting Norwood in an LAPD interrogation room, speaking to his mother on a detective's cellphone.

"Hey, I got arrested for that Dodger Stadium thing," the 31-year-old said. "I was involved.... To a certain extent I was."

Norwood then apologized: "Pretty sure I'm going down for it.... I'm sorry."

Later that day, seven witnesses testified that Sanchez appeared inebriated at the game and harassed a pair of Giants fans throughout, throwing peanuts and a soda on the couple.

Testimony picked up the next day from three woman who saw various parts of the parking lot attack, which they said appeared unprovoked. They described two male Dodgers fans as the attackers but could not positively identify Sanchez or Norwood.

Neither could Alan "Jeff" Bradford, a paramedic who traveled with Stow and two others from the Bay Area to the game last year. Bradford testified Friday that a man dressed in a white Dodgers jersey set upon them suddenly as the group crossed the lot, shoving Stow and punching another friend in the face.

Bradford and his group tried to walk away, he said, but moments later they heard footsteps behind them. Bradford said 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 and 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.

But Bradford said he never got a good look at the second attacker, who prosecutors maintain was Norwood. He picked Sanchez out of a police lineup as "looking familiar" from the crime scene, but said he could not say for sure if he was the man who punched him.

Another companion is expected to take the stand this week.

The beating drew national attention and calls for police, city officials and the Dodgers to tighten stadium security and better protect fans.

Police initially arrested parolee Giovanni Ramirez for the crime but could not link him to the incident. The case was reassigned to robbery-homicide detectives, who re-interviewed witnesses and reexamined security video, which led to the July 21 arrests of Sanchez and Norwood.

Already facing charges of felony assault and mayhem, the pair were indicted earlier this month on federal charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Authorities said the latest charges stem from guns and ammunition found at Sanchez's home during searches executed before his and Norwood's arrests.

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— Kate Mather and Harriet Ryan

Photo: Co-defendant Marvin Norwood (left), with his attorney Victor Escobedo and co-defendant Louie Sanchez, right, appear in court for the second day of their preliminary hearing in a Los Angeles courtroom last week. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles TImes

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