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

 A preliminary hearing continues on June

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Defendant Louie Sanchez (L) during a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court.

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. 

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Thousands of pages of evidence in case against Bryan Stow's alleged attackers

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Defendants Louie Sanchez (foreground) and Marvin Norwood flank attorney Victor Escobedo during preliminary proceedings in Superior Court in June.

Defense attorneys will need a couple of months to review thousands of pages of evidence against Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, both accused of jumping a San Francisco Giants fan in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after Opening Day 2011. 

The defendants appeared in court Tuesday morning.

During a lenghty preliminary hearing earlier this year, prosecutors portrayed Sanchez as a possibly drunk, unruly fan who was itching for a fight throughout the game. They said Norwood, meanwhile, who is engaged to Sanchez's sister and has children with her, chased after Sanchez in the parking lot, but ultimately joined in the alleged beating. 

Defense attorneys argued a case of mistaken identity.

Stow, meanwhile, remains in a care facility, while he recovers from brain damage. According to his family's website, he recently underwent surgery to combat bone growth in his hips. Stow also recently visited home for the first time, but still requires around-the-clock care.

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SF hospital wants Dodgers to reimburse for Bryan Stow medical treatment

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Bryan Stow, escorted by his neurosurgeon Dr. Gabriel Zada and medical staff, is taken from Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center to Bob Hope Airport for a trip to San Francisco General Hospital last year.

The L.A. Times reports that San Francisco General Hospital last week sought permission from a U.S. Bankruptcy Court to seek $1.2 million in medical reimbursements from the Dodgers' insurers for the four months the facility treated Bryan Stow.

Attorneys for Stow and the Dodgers asked the Bankruptcy Court to let San Francisco General Hospital pursue its $1.2 million claim, even though the deadline to submit claims has passed. If U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross agrees, as expected, then the hospital can seek reimbursement from whatever amount the Dodgers' insurers might be ordered to pay at trial, or in a settlement.

The family of the 43-year-old paramedic and father of two is set to go to court next spring  in a $50 million suit that blames former owner Frank McCourt for unsafe conditions which, they say, led to the brutal attack outside the stadium on Opening Day 2011. 

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$50 million lawsuit in Giants fan beating scheduled for trial

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Bryan Stow, escorted by his neurosurgeon Dr. Gabriel Zada and medical staff, is taken from Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center to Bob Hope Airport for a trip to San Francisco General Hospital last year.

Bryan Stow's $50 million lawsuit against former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt will go to trial early next year. A judge Friday set a courtdate for February 5, 2013, City News Service reports.

Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan from Santa Cruz, suffered brain damage after being brutally beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium after Opening Day, 2011. Stow's lawyers say he'll need lifelong medical care.

Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, the two men accused in the beating, will be in court on Tuesday for a pretrial hearing. They've both pleaded not guilty to assault, battery, and mayhem charges.

 

 

 

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Bryan Stow beating suspects plead not guilty to mayhem, assault, and battery

Bryan Stow beating suspects in court

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LOS ANGELES, CA, JUNE 08: (R-L) Marvin Norwood, his attorney Victor Escobedo and co-defendant Louie Sanchez listen during preliminary proceedings in Superior Court June 8, 2012.

Marvin Norwood and Louie Sanchez pled not guilty to mayhem, assault, and battery in the beating of Bryan Stow on opening day at Dodger Stadium in 2011. Sanchez, who prosecutors say was the primary agressor in the incident, and who has a prior conviction, faces 11 years in prison if found guilty. Norwood faces 9. 

Sanchez is accused of delivering the blow that seemingly knocked Stow unconscious. The preliminary hearing, which featured six days of witness testimony, was a preview of the trial to come. Multiple witnesses described a "crack" as Stow hit the ground, head first, hands at his sides. Witnesses also said a man, who prosecutors said was Sanchez, kicked Stow in the head after he fell. Norwood, who is engaged to Sanchez's sister, Dorene, is accused of aiding and abetting Sanchez, and possibly kicking Stow in the ribs after he fell.

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