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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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.
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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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.