Bryan Stow Recovery Continues

Bryan Stow's medical condition is improving and he is responding to some commands from doctors.

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Bryan Stow Speaks On Camera As Recovery Continues

Depending on your perspective, what you're about to see is either truly uplifting or gravely depressing. What you're about to see is footage of Bryan Stow - the Giants fan, father and paramedic savagely beaten outside Dodger Stadium last March - speaking on camera for the first time since the assault.

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Speaking is progress. Progress is good. Progress is healing. There is absolutely no question that Bryan Stow is getting better. But he's getting better slowly, as is the standard course of action for these things, and he will get better only to a point. Just where that point is, it's impossible to predict, but listen to the report. Listen to the details, and listen to the doctors. As Ronnie Polidoro passes along:

Doctors say Bryan will be permanently “disabled” and expect that he will never be a paramedic again.

Bryan Stow's life will be a life of limitations and constant care, and while it's been remarkable to see him take some of the steps that he's taken, how far he's come only magnifies the gap between what he was and what he is. With every incremental sign of improvement, we are reminded again of the savagery of the attack that left Stow and Stow's family in this situation in the first place.

Hug somebody today. (Preferably someone you know.)

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Bryan Stow Responsive, Recovering Slowly Following Attack

Good news about Bryan Stow's condition broke over the weekend. He was able to move his arms and legs and puckered his lips when his family visited him over the weekend. His family released a statement over the weekend on these developments (h/t Hardball Talk):

Yesterday we got the most response from Bry to date. He lifted his left leg slightly when asked, he raised his left arm everytime we asked if we could hold his hand, and the best part? Bonnie asked Bryan if she could have a kiss and every time she asked him, he puckered his lips.

Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan, has been hospitalized since Opening Day when he was brutally beaten at Dodger Stadium. In late July, Stow was taken off a ventilator to breathe on his own and the swelling in his brain had been reduced. At the beginning of August, doctors performed a lumbar drain on Stow to help alleviate excess fluid, helping him to reach the point he was at over the weekend.

Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, Stow's alleged attackers, will be in court on Aug. 10 for their arraignment on charges of mayhem, assault and battery.

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Bryan Stow Assault Case: Louie Sanchez, Marvin Norwood Arraignment Delayed To August 10

Monday morning, Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood were expected to face arraignment proceedings for their role in the Opening Night Dodger Stadium assault that left Bryan Stow in a coma with significant brain injury. However, the absence of someone’s attorney has forced a delay of the arraignment until August 10. Sanchez and Norwood were arrested last Thursday and charged on Friday with a variety of crimes including mayhem, assault and multiple counts of battery.

Whenever the arraignment finally takes place, the two defendants will enter their respective please to the crimes. Both are charge with single counts of mayhem, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury. Additionally, Sanchez has been charged with two additional misdemeanor batteries for his attacks on other fans that day.

Although the basic view of this case is that Bryan Stow took an ugly beating, the specifics of each of the charged crime will require proof of different degrees of involvement and action. For example, battery is the actual use of force or violence on another person while assault is the attempt to do so. Thus a person generally can be guilty of assault but not battery but often can’t be guilty of battery without being guilty assault. Here are the definitions of each crime as described by the California penal code:

Mayhem: Every person who unlawfully and maliciously deprives a human being of a member of his body, or disables, disfigures, or renders it useless, or cuts or disables the tongue, or puts out an eye, or slits the nose, ear, or lip, is guilty of mayhem.

Assault: An unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another.

Battery: Any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another.

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Louie Sanchez, Marvin Norwood Charged In Bryan Stow Assault Case

The Los Angeles County District Attorney formally filed charges on Friday against Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood in connection with the assault on Bryan Stow. Sanchez and Norwood were arrested Thursday afternoon after new evidence connected them to the assault and exonerated previous suspect Giovanni Ramirez.

Sanchez and Norwood have been charged with three felonies in the case including one count of mayhem, one count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and one count of battery with serious bodily injury. Sanchez was also charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery. If convicted, Sanchez faces up to nine years in prison while Norwood faces eight years in prison. They remain in custody facing bail of $500,000.

Thursday afternoon also saw the LAPD arrest Dorene Sanchez on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact to a felony. She has not yet been formally charged and was released on $50,000 bail.

Sanchez and Norwood will be brought in for arraignment on Monday at which point they will enter their respective pleas to the charges.

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Brian Stow Case: Defense Attorney Comments On Suspect's Exoneration

Two more suspects were reportedly arrested in connection with the brutal beating of Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day and the initial suspect, Giovanni Ramirez, will reportedly be exonerated as a result. Ramirez has been held since late May, when police took him in custody in connection with Stow's beating. He's been incarcerated ever since after police discovered a gun in his residence, violating the terms of his parole. And though the two suspects haven't been named yet, more information about how the investigation has evolved is beginning to trickle out.

While the defense didn't outright say it unearthed evidence that suggested Ramirez was innocent, they did hint at doing their own digging that may have led to Thursday's arrests.

"The police played hide and seek so we did our own digging," Romero said. "This is our golden nugget. He's been innocent from the beginning."

Another Ramirez attorney, Anthony Brooklier, said the arrest was a mistake made in "good faith."

Ramirez, however, may be able to counter with a lawsuit, should his name be cleared as a result of the latest arrests. After being painted as a suspect, with police all but assuring the public they got their man, it's possible Ramirez could bring about a civil case because of the false arrest, despite his attorneys' statements about it being an honest mistake in good faith.

For more on Bryan Stow, visit SB Nation's Giants blog McCovey Chronicles, Dodgers blog True Blue LA, and regional sites SB Nation Los Angeles and SB Nation Bay Area.

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Two Arrested In Beating Of Bryan Stow; Giovanni Ramirez Exonerated, According To Report

The case of the Dodger Stadium beating that left Bryan Stow hospitalized in very serious condition took another turn on Thursday, when the Los Angeles Times reported two suspects were arrested and Giovanni Ramirez, the initial suspect in the case, was exonerated. Ramirez was taken into custody in connection with Stow's beating in May, but police have struggled to build a case since.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the attorney for Ramirez had yet to hear any official word on the case, but he has maintained his client was innocent:

"I haven’t heard anything [about the new arrests] yet," said Anthony Brooklier. "But if it’s true I’m happy for my client. I always believed he was factually innocent. There was a lot of pressure on LAPD. I believe that they were operating in good faith and made a good faith mistake."]

There's been no word from the Los Angeles Police Department about the case or any arrests on Thursday.

Stow was badly beaten at an opening day matchup between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodgers Stadium. The attack left him in a coma, and he remains in hospital nearly four months after the attack.

For more on Bryan Stow, visit SB Nation's McCovey Chronicles and True Blue LA, and regional sites SB Nation Los Angeles and SB Nation Bay Area.

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Bryan Stow's Condition Upgraded By Doctors

San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, who was brutally beaten on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium, and his family got some good news today -- his condition was upgraded from critical to serious:

The 42-year-old Santa Cruz paramedic was moved last month from Los Angeles to San Francisco General Hospital, which has a top trauma center, to be closer to home.

Doctors there said Wednesday that Stow is now breathing without a ventilator and has been able to intermittently follow some basic commands. They say he’s also been weaned off two of five anti-seizure medications used to address brain swelling and that they’re lowering the doses of his remaining medications.

While I am no expert in brain injuries, the fact that Stow has been able to follow some basic commands likely means that he will eventually be able to recover from the beating.

No fan of any team should have to suffer in this way just because he’s wearing the opposition’s colors at the opposition’s ballpark. Not just Giants fans, but fans of every single sports team, should hope for a full recovery and that no one else, ever, has this happen to him or her.

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Barry Bonds Paying For Bryan Stow's Children To Go To College

It's not often we get to write about Barry Bonds in a positive light, but here you go: the former San Francisco Giants star has donated to pay for the college educations of Bryan Stow's two young children, according to family attorney Thomas Girardi. Bonds also visited Stow in the hospital on April 22, leaving autographs for Stow's kids, according to NBC Bay Area.

The Giants organization as a whole has shown concern for Stow and his family, with pitcher Tim Lincecum donating $25,000, among others.

Bonds long ago appeared to stop caring what people think of him, but he has seemed to hold a connection to San Francisco and its fans. To me, at least. Can't really call this anything but a great gesture.

For more on Bryan Stow, visit SB Nation's Giants blog McCovey ChroniclesDodgers blog True Blue LA, and regional sites SB Nation Los Angeles and SB Nation Bay Area.

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Bryan Stow's Family Will Sue Los Angeles Dodgers

As the wheels of justice grind slowly in the case of Bryan Stow's beating, his family is bringing its own case: CSN Bay Area reports that Stow's family will sue the Los Angeles Dodgers for exposing him to "criminal acts" for the team's role in a March incident that left Stow in a coma.

Attorney Thomas V. Girardi is representing the Stow family in the suit that is expected to be filed before noon Tuesday. The lawsuit will reportedly test the Dodgers’ liability for the attack, stating that it took 15 minutes for stadium personnel to respond when they were notified of the beating.

In April, the Dodgers and Giants issued a joint statement on Stow's beating that included the statements "This attack is unconscionable behavior that will not be tolerated in either of our ballparks or in either of our cities" and "Public safety is the top priority for all of us and even one act of random violence is unacceptable."

Stow's family's lawsuit is not for a specified amount, but states that it will cost $45 to $50 million to provide for Stow's quality of life.

For more on Bryan Stow, visit SB Nation's Giants blog McCovey Chronicles, Dodgers blog True Blue LA, and regional sites SB Nation Los Angeles and SB Nation Bay Area.

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Two Suspects Sought In Bryan Stow Beating Case

One suspect remains behind bars in the case of Bryan Stow, a Giants fan viciously beaten outside a Dodgers game in March. But Los Angeles police are still searching for two suspects in Stow's beating, according to the Los Angeles Times, though a snag in the release of information about the first suspect may have damaged the investigation.

The arrest of Giovanni Ramirez on Sunday was the first major break in Stow's case, but police are still looking for a man who allegedly joined Ramirez in brutally beating Stow, and a woman who allegedly served as their getaway driver.

However, plans to conduct lineups later this week were hampered by the release of Ramirez' mug shot on the Internet on Monday, possibly influencing witnesses before a lineup and compromising the police's case.

Stow remains in a coma in a San Francisco hospital after being transferred from Los Angeles last week.

For more on Bryan Stow, visit SB Nation's Giants blog McCovey Chronicles, Dodgers blog True Blue LA, and regional sites SB Nation Los Angeles and SB Nation Bay Area.

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Arrest Could Lead To Remaining Two Suspects In Bryan Stow Beating

The Los Angeles Police Department apprehended one of the suspects in the Bryan Stow case on Sunday, and they're hoping the arrest will lead to the second person involved with the beating, as well as the person suspected of driving the getaway car.

Giovanni Ramirez, 31, was arrested at an East Hollywood apartment and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after attacking Bryan Stow, and then kicking him while he was unconscious on the ground. The arrest was a big first step for the LAPD, according to the Los Angeles Times:

Charlie Beck, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, called the arrest "a huge step" in the investigation into the beating that rocked the beleaguered Dodgers organization, Major League Baseball as a whole, and many Angelenos who have grown fed up with the sometimes violent segment of the Dodgers fan base that police say is dominated by gang members.

The LAPD talked about Ramirez's gang ties here, a twist to the case that makes all sorts of sense. Assaulting someone just because of the favorite sports team he arbitrarily selected seems unthinkable to just about everybody. But that's almost the job description, so to speak, of a gang member. Except for the part about sports.

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Bryan Stow Beating Suspect Caught Thanks To Parole Agent Tip

Los Angeles police were able to apprehend one of the suspected attackers in the Bryan Stow case thanks to a tip from a parole agent, reports the Los Angeles Times. From that, the LAPD was able to obtain a warrant to take the suspect into custody.

While the police received numerous tips that failed to lead to a breakthrough in the case, eventually a parole officer informed the police that he believed one of his parolees may have been the alleged assaulter. At this time though, the police have neither revealed how that tip led to an arrest nor why the parole officer believed his client may have been involved in the beating.

The Dodgers are expected to hold a news conference on Sunday afternoon to discuss these recent events in the case.

For more on Bryan Stow, visit SB Nation's Giants blog McCovey Chronicles, Dodgers blog True Blue LA, and regional sites SB Nation Los Angeles and SB Nation Bay Area.

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Suspect In Custody In Beating Of Giants Fan Bryan Stow

Giants fan Bryan Stow remains in a coma following an Opening Day attack by two men wearing Dodgers jerseys at the two teams' Opening Day game. While it may be of little consolation, there may be a modicum of justice on the way: the Los Angeles Times reports that a suspect is in custody in Stow's beating.

At about 7 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department SWAT team descended on an East Hollywood apartment building with a warrant in hand. According to apartment building manager Maritza Camacho, police, using loudspeakers and with guns drawn, called out to the occupants of Apartment 25. Inside was one of the men police suspect in the March 31 beating that left Stow with brain damage.

This news comes a week after Stow was transferred from a Los Angeles hospital to San Francisco General Hospital. Stow's doctors are "hopeful, but realistic" about his chances at recovery, and report that his seizures have slowed, leading to Stow being taken off one of his five seizure medications. Stow's family maintains a blog to keep up with his condition.

For more on Bryan Stow, visit SB Nation's Giants blog McCovey Chronicles, Dodgers blog True Blue LA, and regional sites SB Nation Los Angeles and SB Nation Bay Area.

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