Testimony Expected To Wrap Up In Bryan Stow Beating Trial
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Closing arguments are expected to wrap up Thursday in the Bryan Stow beating trial.
Stow, who suffered a minor stroke on the second day of the trial, was in court as his defense continued to argue that former Dodger’s owner Frank McCourt provided insufficient security during the team’s 2011 home opener.
The lawsuit was filed by Stow and his family for negligence.
“He doesn’t express a lot about his situation or what’s going on,” Stow’s mother, Ann, said. “We’re just really tired, and we want it to be over so we can go home.”
Rialto residents Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood are accused of repeatedly kicking Stow, of Santa Cruz, in the head in one of the Dodger Stadium parking lots after the game.
Both men accepted plea deals in February and were sentenced to prison.
Stow, now 45, nearly died in the attack and has permanent brain damage.
McCourt’s legal team argues that the security on Opening Day was the largest single security force ever presented at Dodger Stadium, and that Stow had a blood alcohol level of over twice the legal driving limit.
Stow is said to be seeking damages of about $38 million for lifetime care.
“Dave’s 70 and I’m 67 and we’re not going to be able to take care of Bryan for much longer,” Ann Stow said.
McCourt’s attorneys estimate care to cost $11 million as they believe the attack decreased Stow’s life expectancy by at least 10 years.
“It’s hard sitting there, listening to them talk about his life expectancy,” Ann Stow argued. “With the right amount of medical care, there’s no reason he can’t live longer.”
McCourt’s lawyers Wednesday entered a deposition of a security official who claims the former Dodgers owner did everything necessary to secure the park for opening day.
Meanwhile, Stow’s attorney called a police officer who interviewed witnessed on the night of the attack to back their claim the Giants fan did not provoke the beating.
“There were six witnesses to the accident, all of whom said Bryan had nothing to do with anything,” attorney Tom Girardi said.
Closing arguments in the trial are scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. Thursday.