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SF Hospital Suing Dodgers For Bryan Stow’s Medical Bills

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — San Francisco General Hospital is suing the Los Angeles Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt for medical costs related to the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow.

The San Francisco Examiner reports the hospital is asking for $1.2 million to cover the cost of providing Stow’s extensive brain trauma care.

The beating happened in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium in March of last year following the Dodgers’ home opener versus the Giants.

It left Stow, a paramedic and father of two from Santa Cruz, with permanent brain damage.

The two men accused in Stow’s beating appeared in court on Tuesday morning for brief a pre-trial hearing.

The next hearing date for Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood was set for Feb. 21.

Both suspects are charged with three felony counts: for mayhem, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and battery with serious bodily injury.

Sanchez also faces allegations that he inflicted great bodily injury on Stow in the assault and battery counts.

He has also been charged with two additional misdemeanor counts — one for battery related to a run-in with a female Giants fan and one for assault on a young man at whom he allegedly swung a fist.

Both Sanchez and Norwood have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

Earlier this year, a judge ruled there was enough evidence for the men to stand trial after a six-day preliminary hearing that included some dramatic testimony.

On the first day of the hearing, prosecutors showed a video of Norwood sitting in an interrogation room, speaking to his mother on an LAPD detective’s cellphone.

“Hey, I got arrested for that Dodger Stadium thing,” the Norwood says. “I was involved …. To a certain extent I was.”

He tells his mother he can’t say much over the phone but says Sanchez is also in custody.

Norwood then apologizes: “Pretty sure I’m going down for it …. I’m sorry.”

The hearing also included testimony from Corey Maciel, Stow’s friend and a fellow paramedic who was at the game.

He said that Stow was attacked after he used medical slang to express his disgust with a group of Dodgers fans who were taunting them.

Maciel said Stow made the comment after their group had endured hours of heckling and thrown food inside the stadium.

He quoted Stow as saying “I hope they code” — shorthand for suffering cardiac arrest.

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