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Judge: There's enough evidence to send defendants to trial for beating Giants fan Bryan Stow

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LA County Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee (C), presents evidence against defendants Louie Sanchez (R) and Marvin Norwood (L) as they sit in the Los Angeles Superior Court.

After hearing six days of witness testimony and multiple jailhouse recordings of defendants apparently speaking candidly about the night of the incident, a judge Friday ordered Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood to stand trial for beating Giants fan Bryan Stow. Over a year after the incident on 2011's Opening Day at Dodger Stadium, Stow is still suffering from brain trauma.

Sanchez is accused of delivering the blow that seemingly knocked Stow unconscious. 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, is accused of aiding and abetting Sanchez, and possibly kicking Stow in the ribs after he fell.

Both men are charged with mayhem, assault with intent to cause great bodily injury, and battery with intent to cause great bodily injury. Sanchez also faces an enhancement for allegedly causing great bodily injury, as well as two additional misdemeanor charges for allegedly throwing soda on a female Giants fan during the game, and allegedly punching another young Giants fan in the parking lot. If convicted, Sanchez faces a maximum of 11 years in state prison and Norwood 9 years. Both men are also in the midst of fighting federal weapons charges.

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Bryan Stow beating case: In video, suspect Marvin Norwood says 'Pretty sure I'm going down for it'

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Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood are the primary suspects in the March 31, 2011 beating of Bryan Stow in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.

The preliminary hearing for Marvin Norwood and Louie Sanchez, the suspects in last year's near fatal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow on opening day at Dodger Stadium, continues Thursday in L.A.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli saw the first piece of evidence yesterday, a video put forth by L.A. County prosecutors of defendant Norwood talking to his mother on the phone about his involvement in the incident, reports the L.A. Times

In an interrogation room, on a LAPD detective's cellphone, 31-year-old Norwood tells his mother, "Hey, I got arrested for that Dodger Stadium thing... I was involved... Pretty sure I'm going down for it," remarking that 30-year-old Sanchez was also in custody, says the Times.

The pair could stand trial on charges of assault and battery, inflicting great bodily injury, and mayhem, if it's determined there is enough evidence to proceed.

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Preliminary hearing begins for two men accused of beating Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium

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Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood are the primary suspects in the March 31, 2011 beating of Bryan Stow in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.

Two men accused of beating Giants fan Bryan Stow nearly to death last year at Dodger Stadium are scheduled to appear in court this morning for a preliminary hearing.

Louie Sanchez, 30, and Marvin Norwood, 31, face charges of mayhem, assault and battery resulting in serious bodily injury. They and Dorene Sanchez were arrested last July in connection with the March 31, 2011 beating in the parking lot following last year’s season opener against the San Francisco Giants.

Stow, 43, a paramedic for the city of Santa Cruz, sustained severe brain damage. His supporters say he still suffers from memory loss and other problems.

According to reports, the hearing that begins this morning is expected to last about four days, with 22 witnesses and several police officers called to the stand to testify. Ultimately a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence for a trial against Sanchez and Norwood.

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Take me out to the high-security ball game: A 'peaceful' plan for opening day at Dodger Stadium

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A plentiful police presence will be felt at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday when the Dodgers take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:10 p.m. LAPD will be out in force "to ensure a peaceful opening day" said an official statement.

Authorities have reportedly been working with the team for months to create a patrol plan, and officers began watching the parks near the stadium on Monday night for ordinance violations, especially alcohol-related infractions.

On opening day 2011, Bryan Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic, was attacked to near-death outside the stadium. Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan, was left in a coma after being brutally punched and kicked him in the head after the game. Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood have pleaded not guilty to charges of mayhem assault and battery in that attack.

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Dodgers opening day tickets sell out after news of Magic Johnson buy

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Everyone wants to see what $2 billion baseball looks like -- the Dodgers announced that opening day 2012 tickets for the stadium's 50th anniversary season have sold out.

Wednesday night's annoucement follows the news that Magic Johnson and group purchased the team for an unprecidented sum of money

The timing of the ticket shortage is notable, but selling out of opening day seats is something the Dodgers are used to.

It's also a hit of feel-good news as the peanuts-and-Cracker-Jack spirit has been challenged by controversy amid Frank McCourt's divorce and a near-fatal attack of SF Giants fan Bryan Stow after last year's opening day game.

The April 10 home opener against Pittsburgh begins at 1:10 p.m. As in previous years, tickets are still available for fans that want to buy a mini plan or season ticket package.

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