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Bryan Stow beating suspects plead not guilty

June 22, 2012 |  9:59 am


Two men pleaded not guilty Friday to assault and other charges in the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said.

Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood are scheduled to appear in court July 24 for another pretrial hearing, a district attorney spokeswoman said.

The men were ordered two weeks ago to stand trial after a six-day preliminary hearing that included dramatic testimony from witnesses, including the chilling moment when Stow's skull hit the pavement. A recording of Norwood admitting to his mother that he was "involved" in the opening-day beating also was played in the courtroom.

Stow, a 43-year-old father of two, suffered serious head trauma and remains in a therapeutic facility. The incident drew national attention and calls for police, city officials and the Dodgers to tighten stadium security and better protect fans.

On the first day of the preliminary hearing, prosecutors showed a video of Norwood sitting in an interrogation room, speaking to his mother on a Los Angeles Police Department detective's cellphone.

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

He tells his mother he can't say much over the phone but says Louie Sanchez, 30, is also in custody.

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


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Photo: Louie Sanchez, left and Marvin Norwood, plead not guilty Friday to assault and other charges in the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times.