Bryan Stow’s assailants chased him the length of a football field before meting out the brutal beating that left the San Francisco Giants fan permanently brain-damaged, a police detective suggested Thursday in court testimony.
The detective told a judge hearing evidence against two men charged in the Dodger Stadium assault that 368 feet separated a pool of Stow’s blood from the area of the parking lot where a witness saw two intoxicated fans begin sprinting after a group of Giants supporters.
The measurement given by LAPD Det. Barry Telis, one of two lead investigators, indicated prosecutors planned to emphasize that Stow was hunted down rather than participated in a fight.
Louie Sanchez, 30, and Marvin Norwood, 31, are charged with mayhem, assault and felonies in connection with the March 31, 2011, assault after an Opening Day game between the Dodgers and their northern rivals.
The detective’s testimony came on the second day of a proceeding before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Lomeli to determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to try Sanchez and Norwood.
The judge heard from a Dodger fan who saw what prosecutors contend was the beginning of an assault on Stow. Anamaria Davila was unable to positively identify Norwood, Sanchez or Stow, but she picked the defendants’ white sedan out of a police lineup.
Davila said she first struck up a conversation with the men after spotting them “packing a bowl of weed” by the trunk of their car.
“They were drunk. I could smell the alcohol on their breath and they were high,” she said.
A boy and woman were with them, but the men seemed focused on passing Giants fans, Davila said. She recounted them taunting the opposing team’s fans with obscenities. At one point, they ran after a group of teenagers dressed in Giants regalia, she testified.