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Bryan Stow beating suspect looked ready to fight, witnesses say

May 30, 2012 |  1:12 pm

Testimony continued Wednesday in the preliminary hearing of two men accused of severely beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, with witnesses saying one suspect looked ready to fight after heckling Giants fans throughout last year's opening day game at Dodger Stadium.

Marc Lu said he was at the March 31 game with three friends — including one who wore an orange shirt and another who wore a shirt that read "Giants" across the front. As the game progressed, he testified, a man wearing sunglasses and a backward baseball hat began throwing peanuts at the orange-clad duo.

Sheila Christenson sat two rows behind Lu's group at the game.

"He was throwing peanuts," Christenson said of the man. "He was just cussing, saying, 'F you.' ... That really drew my attention away from the game."

Both Lu and Christenson identified the man as 29-year-old Louie Sanchez, one of two men accused of attacking Stow after the game. The Santa Cruz paramedic suffered severe head trauma in the assault and remains in a therapy facility.

The other suspect in the case, 30-year-old Marvin Norwood, was sitting with Sanchez at the game, Lu and Christenson said.

At the end of the game, Lu said Sanchez sprayed soda on the Giants fans, prompting a "30-second stare down" between the groups.

"What ... are you going to do?" Lu recalled Sanchez saying.

Norwood, Lu said, started to hold Sanchez back. There was no physical altercation, but both witnesses said Sanchez appeared ready for one.

"It looked like he was going to fight," Christenson said.


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— Kate Mather


Video: KTLA