Bryan Stow suspects secretly recorded plotting 'good defense'
The two suspects in the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow said during a secretly recorded jailhouse conversation that they expected to serve "a lot" of prison time in the attack and needed to devise a good defense.
The jailhouse recording was played during the preliminary hearing on Thursday, but was unintelligible. On Friday, a prosecutor read portions of the transcript from the recording.
In it, suspect Louie Sanchez asks: "How much time do you think we are going to get?"
"A lot," answered Marvin Norwood.
Both are charged in the brutal opening day 2011 assault at Dodger Stadium that left Stow, a paramedic, severely brain damaged.
Later Norwood says: "I'm gonna fry regardless, bro. They pretty much got it. They got it, bro. Needlessly, we need to come up with a ... good defense."
The transcript was the most incriminating evidence presented during the six-day preliminary hearing, which also began with one of the suspect's own words. On the first day of the hearing, a prosecutor played a tape of Norwood in a phone conversation with his mother.
"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 her he can't say much over the phone but says Sanchez, 30, is also in custody.
Norwood then apologizes: "Pretty sure I'm going down for it .... I'm sorry."
-- Harriet Ryan in Los Angeles County Superior Court
Photo: Bryan Stow and his children in a family photo before he was attacked. Credit: Beck Diefenbach / Reuters