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Bryan Stow: Jury Deliberating in 2011 Dodger Stadium Giants Fan Beating

By    |   Friday, 27 Jun 2014 08:39 PM

The jury deciding who's at fault in the case of Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan severely beaten at Dodger Stadium in 2011, did not reach a verdict Friday and will pick back up next week with their deliberations.

The attack, after the Los Angeles Dodgers' home opener three years ago, left former paramedic Bryan Stow severely disabled. It also focused national attention on fan violence at sports venue, The Associated Press said.

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Stow's family is seeking $37.5 million to cover the cost of lifetime medical care, plus double that amount for pain and suffering.

Jurors deliberated for about three hours Thursday and all day Friday. They are scheduled to meet again Monday.

A lawyer for Stow said in final arguments that the Dodgers and the team's former owner, Frank McCourt, were negligent in providing adequate security on opening day, a time when fan emotions run high.

"Dodger Stadium got to a place where it was a total mess," attorney Tom Girardi told jurors. "There was a culture of violence. Beer sales were off the charts."

Defense attorney Dana Fox said the true culprits were Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, who pleaded guilty to attacking Stow and have been sentenced to prison. He also said Stow was partly to blame.

"There were three parties responsible — Sanchez, Norwood and, unfortunately, Stow himself," Fox said.

He cited testimony that Stow's blood-alcohol level was .18 percent — more than twice the legal limit for driving — and a witness account of Stow yelling in the parking lot with his arms up in the air.

"You don't get yourself this drunk and then say it's not your fault," he said.

Girardi noted Stow and his friends didn't drive to the game, but took a cab, and had planned to take one afterward before the father of two was attacked from behind, knocked to the ground and kicked in the head.

"The only thing Bryan Stow was doing was wearing a jersey that said 'Giants,'" his lawyer said.

Stow, 45, made a touching appearance at the trial earlier in the week, allowing jurors to see the ghastly scars on his head where his skull was temporarily removed during treatment.

"We would be heartless and inhuman not to feel sympathy for Mr. Stow," Fox told jurors.

However, he reminded them that they had promised not to let sympathy influence their verdict.

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The jury deciding who's at fault in the case of Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan severely beaten at Dodger Stadium in 2011, did not reach a verdict Friday and will pick back up next week with their deliberations.
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