One witness who stood over Bryan Stow after the brutal beating at Dodger Stadium in 2011 recalled “blood gushing from his ears.” Another present at the scene described the sound of Stow's head slamming into the pavement: “It was a really loud, almost echo-ish,” she recalled.
The witnesses took the stand one by one at the preliminary hearing for Stow's alleged attackers Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood. The pair face charges of mayhem, assault and battery, and inflicting great bodily injury in connection with the attack that took place March 31, 2011.
Each described the same story: the two men who attacked Stow as agressors; one attacker knocking Stow out with a single punch, then kicking him in the head and rib cage as he lay motionless on the ground. … But none could not positively identify Sanchez and Norwood as the attackers.
Stow, a paramedic from Scotts Valley, had driven to Los Angeles from Northern California to watch the San Francisco Giants, fresh off a World Series title, open the season against their rival Dodgers. The attack put Stow in a two-week coma, and left him with permanent brain damage.
Dodger management has attempted to step up security in the wake of Stow's attack, but
the hearing takes place just weeks after a fight in the Dodger Stadium parking lots put another fan in the hospital. A minor fender bender that took place after the Dodger's May 20 match-up against the St. Louis Cardinals precipitated the attack, during which one driver was held down while beaten and choked by several men. Four were arrested at the scene by plainclothes LAPD officers.
Preliminary hearing in the Stow case resumes today.