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Bryan Stow beating suspect's sister Dorene Sanchez testifies

June 7, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Thursday was day five of a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to try Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood in the brutal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow, who was left with severe brain damage after the Dodgers opening day last year.

The key witness in the hearing, Dorene Sanchez, testified that her brother had been taunting the San Francisco Giants fans who were sitting nearby.

"I'm sitting there, and as I'm sitting there I turn over and I see this commotion with Louie and these fans," she said.

Dorene Sanchez said things got more intense after the game once her brother and Norwood, her fiance, tangled with Giants fans who were in the stadium's parking lot.

"I heard scuffling of the feet and cursing, '[Expletive] you, get off him,'" she said.

Initially, Dorene Sanchez had been arrested as an accessory after the fact, but she has since been granted immunity in exchange for her testimony.

"Louie had come back saying he was just in some type of pushing-shoving match, he came back to the car, he said, 'Man, those guys were talking [expletive],' I said, 'Yeah, I know, they walked by here talking [expletive] too.' It wasn't a big deal, it wasn't like I was egging them on or anything like that," she said.

While she maintains that she did not see the actual altercation, she says her brother seemed in a hurry to leave the stadium.

"As he's approaching my vehicle, he told me, 'Doreen, let's get the [expletive] out of here,'" she said.

When Norwood got in the car, Doreen Sanchez said she said she saw blood on his hands. She said Norwood didn't want to talk about it.

"He didn't say anything, he just said, 'Babe, just drive, drive babe drive,'" she said.

Until Thursday, none of the other witnesses had been able to positively identify Norwood and Louie Sanchez as the attackers. But Mary Donley, who testified Thursday morning, identified the two defendants as the men she saw beating Stow in parking lot C.

In July of last year, Donley was part of a live line-up conducted at the LAPD headquarters. Out of six people, she correctly picked Louie Sanchez. When asked to identify him in the courtroom Thursday, Donley seemed very uncomfortable to look at the defendants, but positively identified both Louie Sanchez as suspect one and Norwood as suspect two.

"What I saw was, first of all was a sound that I've never heard before, and at that time that's when Mr. Stow went down, and I saw an individual kicking him," she said.

But under cross-examination, defense attorneys pointed out that Donley had originally misidentified Giovanni Ramirez as the attacker. It was later proven that Ramirez had been wrongly accused in the case. However, Donley said she never identified Ramirez as the culprit because she knows he was not the person she saw during the assault, but that she did tell the detectives that Ramirez resembled a sketch.

Doreen Sanchez is expected to be back on the stand Friday. Prosecutors say that she is their last witness before a judge will decide if there is enough evidence to move forward with a trial.


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