Preliminary Hearing for Suspects in Bryan Stow Attack at Dodger Stadium - NBC Bay Area

Preliminary Hearing for Suspects in Bryan Stow Attack at Dodger Stadium

The two suspects allegedly attacked the San Francisco Giants fan after the 2011 Opening Day game



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    Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, were arrested Thursday on suspicion of beating Giant's fan Bryan Stowe, who has been hospitalized since the March 31 confrontation outside Dodger's Stadium. The new arrests have vindicated Giovanni Ramirez, previously held as the primary suspect in the case.

    A preliminary hearing for two men accused of attacking Giants baseball fan Bryan Stow last year outside Dodger Stadium is scheduled to begin Wednesday morning.

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    About four days of testimony are expected to determine whether there is enough evidence for suspects Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood to stand trial for the March 31, 2011 assault. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

    Stow, a paramedic from the Bay Area and father of two, is still being treated for his injuries.

    "Bryan still doesn't understand or realize what has happened. When he  expresses frustration or seems sad or confused, we just remind him of how far  he has come and how strong he is,'' according to a post on the Stow family's website.

    Sanchez, 30, and Norwood, 31, are charged with mayhem, assault by means  likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury,  along with the allegation that the two inflicted great bodily injury on the 43-year-old Stow. Sanchez also is charged with two  misdemeanor counts of battery involving another alleged run-in with a man and a  woman the same day.

    Both men, arrested in July, are charged in federal court with being a felon  in possession of a firearm.

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    The attack on Stow occurred as he walked with a group of friends from the 2011 Opening Day game at Dodger Stadium. Sanchez and Norwood confronted the group in the parking lot, but Stow and his friends walked away, according to prosecutors.

    The two suspects followed the group, then punched Stow in the side of the head before kicking him after he dropped to the ground, according to court documents.