Witnesses could not ID Bryan Stow suspects as attackers
Witnesses to the assault on Bryan Stow in the Dodger Stadium parking lot recalled the horrific sound of bone against concrete, but were unable to identify the suspects in a police lineup as the attackers.
Three witnesses took the stand Thursday on the second day of a preliminary hearing to determine if prosecutors have sufficient evidence to try Louie Sanchez, 30, and Marvin Norwood, 31, for the beating on March 31, 2011, that left Stow with permanent brain damage and unable to walk or talk.
Their accounts demonstrated the strengths and potential weaknesses in the case against the men. All portrayed the two Dodger fans who attacked Stow as the aggressors, but none could positively identify Sanchez or Norwood as punching or kicking him.
Megan Duffy identified Norwood from a police lineup as being present at the scene. But she told police she could not identify the man who punched and kicked Stow because she had seen his face only in profile.
Duffy, said she jumped into her car after hearing "a thud, like someone's head smashing against pavement."
"When Bryan was being kicked, was he defending himself at all?" asked Deputy Dist. Atty. Michele Hanisee.
"No, he wasn't moving," Duffy said.
Another witness, Joann Cerda, said she believed Stow was dead after his skull struck the ground.
"It was a really loud, almost echo-ish," she recalled.
More witnesses from the parking lot attack are expected to testify when the preliminary hearing resumes Friday afternoon.
-- Harriet Ryan