LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The mother of Bryan Stow is speaking out about the family’s lawsuit against former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.
Ann and David Stow, who have accused McCourt of negligence for not providing enough security at the stadium in March 2011 when their son was severely beaten, spoke with CBS2’s Dave Bryan on Tuesday afternoon while the jury took a break for lunch.
“[David] and I are very tired. We’re trying to be optimistic because they have been deliberating for 13 hours,” Ann Stow said. “We were told the longer they deliberate, the better chance it might be for our decision.”
The Stows don’t minimize what’s at stake: their son’s medical care for the rest of his life.
“You’re putting Bryan’s future in the hands of 12 people,” Ann Stow said.
Before the jury can even get to monetary damages, nine out of 12 must agree that McCourt’s negligence played a substantial factor in causing harm to Bryan.
If they can’t get past that question, there will be no monetary damages for the Stows.
Asked what the family will do if they don’t get anything, Ann Stow said: “[David] and I talked about this last night … that if we don’t get anything, we’re gonna have to look at maybe cutting out Bryan’s nighttime care and taking care of Bryan ourselves. … getting him ready for bed. And then just keep somebody for two hours in the morning.”
The Stow family attorneys have asked the jury for $37 million for Bryan’s medical care. They’re also seeking more money for his pain and suffering.
Attorney Dana Fox, who represents McCourt, told the jury that his client has great sympathy for Bryan Stow, but what happened was not McCourt’s fault.
Fox kept repeating that Bryan Stow was legally drunk that night and must bear some of the responsibility for what happened.
“There was no getting away from his blood-alcohol level. Those were numbers that, you know … We accepted it,” Ann Stow said.
The jury will be back to deliberating Wednesday morning.
“They have a job to do, and whatever they come up with I’m sure is going to be hard for them, difficult for them. Do we hold it against them? No,” Ann Stow said.