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Man accused of attacking Giants fan Bryan Stow to act as his own attorney



Defendant Louie Sanchez (L) during a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Defendant Louie Sanchez (L) during a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court.
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Louie Sanchez, accused of sucker-punching a Giants fan the Dodger Stadium parking lot on opening day 2011,  is now acting as his own attorney.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office confirmed Tuesday that it's received notice that Sanchez will represent himself. 

Sanchez faces charges of mayhem, assault, and battery in the March 2011 attack, along with co-defendant Marvin Norwood. The assault left the fan, Bryan Stow with brain damage.

During a preliminary hearing, private attorney Gilbert Quinones represented Sanchez. Because Sanchez says he can't afford private counsel, a deputy public defender appeared in court to represent him at a Tuesday pretrial hearing.

But Sanchez requested a private hearing with L.A. Superior Court Judge George Lomeli. There he apparently asked to act as his own attorney from now on. 

Private attorney Victor Escobedo is representing co-defendant Marvin Norwood.