Defendant Louie Sanchez, left, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court with an attorney on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. Sanchez and co-defendant Marvin Norwood are accused of beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium after a baseball game on March 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, Pool)
LOS ANGELES —
A friend of the San Francisco Giants fan who was brutally attacked outside Dodger Stadium chillingly testified this week that he and Bryan Stow were the victims of an unprovoked sneak attack.
During a preliminary hearing in a Los Angeles courtroom, Alan "Jeff" Bradford said Friday that a man ran up from behind and knocked both him and Stow to the parking lot pavement with swift blows to the head on March 31, 2011, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
"I heard some scuffling feet behind me," Bradford, a 27-year-old Bay Area resident, testified. "I kind of turned back to see what it was, and I got struck in the face."
Bradford said as he rose back up he saw Stow appear unconscious with his arms limp and fall backwards.
"It was like a tree falling," Bradford said. "There was no movement."
Bradford's detailed testimony came on the third day of the hearing. A judge will decide whether defendants Marvin Norwood and Louie Sanchez will stand trial on charges of mayhem, assault and battery, and inflicting great bodily injury.
Both men have pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors allege that Sanchez punched and kicked Stow after the Opening Day baseball game between the Giants and Dodgers last year and that Norwood kicked him as well.
Stow, 43, a paramedic from Santa Cruz and father of two, is undergoing rehabilitation after suffering severe brain trauma from the 2011 opening day beating.
Bradford's testimony seemed to counter notions that Stow had started the fight or thrown punches himself. However, Bradford was the third witness who described the attack, but could not point to Sanchez in court as the person who had delivered the blow leading to Stow's major brain injury.
Bradford testified that he was unable to pick Sanchez out of a police lineup in July, though he told investigators then that the man who had been arrested "looks very familiar."
Asked outside court whether any witnesses would identify Sanchez as the attacker, prosecutors and defense attorneys declined comment.
Bradford, similar to other witnesses, also did not recall seeing Norwood do anything to Stow. Some witnesses have said Norwood restrained Sanchez during an earlier incident inside the stadium, during which Sanchez allegedly sprayed two Giants fans with soda.
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