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Bryan Stow appears in courtroom in Dodgers trial

Bryan Stow, the man suing the Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt over the beating that left him brain damaged, returned to court Wednesday.
Bryan Stow, the man suing the L.A. Dodgers organization and former owner Frank McCourt over the beating that left him brain damaged, returned to court for the first time Wednesday since the trial began.

For the first time, Stow sat in court listening to evidence in his civil lawsuit. He's suing the team and McCourt for negligence over the beating that left him permanently disabled.

The defense rested Wednesday and the judge gave the jury instructions.

Stow's parents tell him he's present at the trial for help paying medical costs. His claim alleges inadequate security in Parking Lot 2.

David Stow, Bryan's father, says they've tested his memory about what happened that night three years ago on opening day of 2011.

"Were you in motorcycle accident, or did somebody beat you up? And he'll think a minute and say 'I was in a moto accident.' He's never ridden a motorcycle," said David Stow. "He does not know what happened to him."

Wednesday, Bryan Stow rolled into the courtroom for the first time before the assembled jury. Only a few briefly glanced at him. The panel was more absorbed in the testimony.

Ray Maytorena, the former vice president for Dodgers security under then-owner Frank McCourt, appeared via video.

Maytorena testified that he quit after his security department was placed under the control of an operations manager who had no security experience. That was three months before Stow was assaulted. Maytorena also said he had little experience when it came to sports venues.

"Prior to working at the Dodgers, you never operated or worked at a stadium?" Maytorena was asked in a video deposition taken on January 17. "No," Maytorena replied.

The defense focused on McCourt's role.

"Did he ever tell you where to deploy security guards?" Answer: "No." "Ever say 'Spend less on security?'" Answer: "No."

The defense showed the jury who directly caused Stow's injuries: Marvin Norwood and Louie Sanchez were convicted of the attack on Stow.

The defense says Stow was drunk and provoked the assault with a sarcastic remark.

An LAPD detective, the last of the witnesses, testified that in his opinion Stow did not egg on anybody.

A month of testimony is concluded. Stow will not be in attendance Thursday for final arguments.

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