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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.


The four men arrested in Sunday's fight at Dodger stadium will not face felonies

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A police officers walks in the seats before the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 18, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

Four men were arrested post-game Sunday after a minor traffic collision escalated into what appeared to be a beating in the Dodger Stadium parking lot. The victim was treated and released from a local hospital. His pregnant passenger was not injured.

Originally, the four men were booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. It now appears that they will not face felony charges.

Today, District Attorney Spokeswoman Jane Robison said the office referred the case to the City Attorney because the injuries were not serious enough to warrant a felony charge. The City Attorney will decide whether or not to charge any of the suspects with misdemeanor battery.

There's additional speculation that the victim may have had a hand in starting the fight. LAPD Commander Andrew Smith said he wasn't sure of the particulars, but "there may have been an incident at the beginning where there was some type of mutual combat that escalated into these other individuals joining in."


Post-Dodgers game fight had 'nothing to do' with stadium security


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A parking lot fight over the weekend renewed concerns about stadium security.

A traffic accident outside Dodger Stadium escalated into a beating after Sunday's win against the St. Louis Cardinals. Four men have since been arrested and the victim was treated and released from the hospital (along with an un-harmed pregnant passenger), but the incident sparked reminders of last year's horrific beating of Giants' fan Bryan Stow, who suffered brain damage. 

LAPD, however, says this weekend's violence shouldn't be seen as an indication of lax security at the stadium, as Stow's beating was. 

"If two hotheads get in a traffic accident, sometimes that happens," said Officer Bruce Borihanh, who characterized the incident as a fight. 

As for stadium security, "we have more visibility, there's cops everywhere," he said.

In a statement issued Monday, Dodger President Stan Kasten agreed with the police's assessment.


Dodger Stadium parking will drop to a new Magic rate of $10


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Magic Johnson announced that general parking rates at Dodger Stadium will be dropping from $15 to $10.

Johnson, Guggenheim CEO Mark Walter and co-owner Stan Kasten at a Wednesday news conference talked about starting fresh in the post-Frank McCourt era, and creating a future that's built on O'Malley family tradition.

"We're going to outwork everybody," Johnson said. "I can't wait until my office is done. It's going to take time to build this into the franchise Mr. O'Malley had before. But we're going to get back there. Believe this, we're going to win again."

McCourt's ownership of the organization ended Tuesday which may have lead Johnson to tweet this today:

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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.