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One suspect in Stow beating sought witnesses' silence, D.A. says

July 25, 2011 |  1:19 pm

A community alert flier displaying sketches of two suspects in the Dodger Stadium beating. Click through for more photos.

A suspect in the Bryan Stow beating at Dodger Stadium told witnesses "not to provide information about the crime" to authorities, according to a motion filed by prosecutors.

The motion was filed to block efforts to reduce bail for suspects Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, of Rialto, who have been charged with felony assault and mayhem.

Photos: The beating of Bryan Stow

They argued that the severity of Stow's injuries made the crime "more closely related to a homicide than an ordinary assault," according to the motion. Stow suffered significant brain damage.

Bail has been set at $500,000. Sanchez has requested a bail hearing, which is scheduled for Aug. 1.

Prosecutors allege that Sanchez told witnesses not to provide information about the crime. It's unclear who the witnesses are. But Sanchez's sister and son were present at the Dodger game. His sister, Dorene Sanchez, has been arrested as an accessory to the crime, but she has not been charged. Louie Sanchez's attorney said his sister is not in a position to implicate him in the crime. She is also Norwood's long-term partner.

The motion filed by Deputy Dist. Atty. Gary Hearnsberger also states that Sanchez and Norwood pose a threat to public safety. Both have access to firearms, prosecutors allege. A search of Norwood's home turned up five firearms, including an AR-15 assault rifle.

Norwood has a prior assault conviction and Sanchez has prior convictions for drunk driving and evading police.


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Photo: A community alert flier displaying sketches of two suspects in the Dodger Stadium beating. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times