LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating in a Dodger Stadium parking lot sat front and center Wednesday in a courtroom as testimony wrapped up in a negligence lawsuit against the Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt.
Plaintiff Bryan Stow was brought to court in a wheelchair as jurors listened to a recorded deposition by a security expert.
However, Stow was quickly hustled into a hallway when defense lawyers showed a video of the two men who went to prison for beating him.
Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, who pleaded guilty in the assault, were seen on camera in Los Angeles County jail invoking their Fifth Amendment right not to testify. They refused even to say their names.
Stow's lawyer, Tom Girardi, said outside court that he did not want to risk upsetting his client with the video of his assailants, even though he said the former paramedic has no memory of the events. He said he has had to explain to Stow why he is sitting in court.
The 45-year-old Stow had made a brief appearance in court during jury selection. On Wednesday, he stayed most of the day. With his hair cropped close to his head, jurors could see deep scars where his skull had been temporarily removed during medical treatment.
Stow suffered severe brain damage in the attack by the two Dodgers fans after the 2011 Opening Day game between the California rivals.
The last defense witness was Ramon Mayterena, a former vice president of Dodgers security, who lives out of state and gave his testimony on videotape. He said he was hired after multiple interviews, including one by Jamie McCourt, then the wife of Frank McCourt.
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