Former deputy/security guard for Dodgers testifies in Stow civil trial

A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy took the stand in the Bryan Stow civil lawsuit against the Dodgers.
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy took the stand in the Bryan Stow civil lawsuit against the Dodgers. He worked for the team for a year and testified he raised concerns about security at the stadium.

Neill Murchison said he sounded the alarm that there was a gang problem in Dodger Stadium and it was getting progressively worse, particularly in the parking lot.

Murchison retired from the sheriff's department after 33 years and signed on to work security at the ballpark.

He told the jury that parking areas in 2011 were not well-lit, a hazard for people exiting the facility after games ended, including in Parking Lot 2.

Parking Lot 2 is where Giants fan Bryan Stow was attacked after opening day in 2011, crippling him for life.

Jurors earlier viewed cellphone video showing a brawl in the stands. It did not involve Stow, but for Stow's attorneys, it drums home their message that security was inadequate. The witness who shot the video says security never responded.

Stow's attorneys claim in their lawsuit against the former Dodger management that the assault on Stow would have been deterred if there had been more uniformed LAPD officers and certified security personnel.

The defense raised questions about what Murchison knew about Dodger security.

Murchison testified his role was as bodyguard for then-Dodgers owner Frank McCourt on opening day, and that he worked for the Dodgers for one year.

Jeff Bradford, a friend of Stow's, also testified Tuesday. Bradford was also hurt in the same attack on Stow. He testified he saw no security when they were surrounded by cursing Dodger fans in the stands nor in the parking lot later.

The defense raised credibility questions. Bradford testified that both he and Stow had been intoxicated, conceding he may not have noticed security if it was there.

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