LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 13 for the suspects accused of beating Giants fan Bryan Stow in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on opening day.

The hearing for Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, is expected to last three days, according to court officials.

The Rialto neighbors pleaded not guilty to mayhem, assault, battery and other counts in August.

Attorneys for Dodgers’ owner Frank McCourt filed a civil action against Sanchez and Norwood earlier this year as part of their strategy in defending a $50 million lawsuit filed by Stow’s family.

Stow, whose condition has been improving slowly, spoke for the first time since the attack back in September.

He remains hospitalized with brain damage and other injuries.

Comments (4)
  1. bdj says:

    Not that I have any sympathy for these two if in fact they are ones that beat up Brian Stow, but why has it taken so long just to get a preliminary hearing. Doesn’t the constitution guarantee the right to a speedy trial?

    1. O_O says:

      It’s not like this is the ONLY case on the docket in Los Angeles. Are you kidding me? This is just ONE case behind a looooong list of cases that are waiting to go to trial. There are only so many days in the year, only so many judges, only so many attorneys, only so many courtrooms. You should go sit in on some hearings just to get a better idea of how many are processed in just one day. Educate yourself.

      1. bdj says:

        I cannot afford the time off. I have to work to pay my mortgage, and my kids college tuition. Maybe when i am retired, and have nothing better to do, I can take the time to be a court room visitor.

      2. O_O says:

        OK, I’ll give you that, but until then stop being so ignorant.

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