On the sixth day of their deliberations, jurors still had not reached a verdict Thursday in Bryan Stow’s civil lawsuit against the Los Angeles Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt.
They were slated to take the three-day weekend off for the Fourth of July and then return to deliberations on Monday.
Jurors had announced they were deadlocked on Wednesday but were sent back into deliberations by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.
Among other questions, they are being asked to determine if the Dodgers and former owner McCourt were negligent and whether that negligence was a factor in the harm that came to Stow when he was severely beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on opening day in 2011.
A Giants fan and paramedic from Santa Cruz, Stow and his family have accused the Dodgers and McCourt of failing to provide proper security and lighting.
Jurors were handed the case on June 26 after 20 days of testimony and have asked many questions since going into deliberations, according to Stow family attorney Thomas Girardi.
Stow’s mother Ann Stow said she was “very disappointed” by the deadlock on Wednesday.
On Thursday, an attorney for the Dodgers said the extended deliberations showed the jury was “working very hard.”
“I can read only into it that this jury is doing exactly what I asked them to do in my closing arguments, which was: take their time, go through the evidence carefully, go through the jury instructions carefully and come to a very considered verdict,” said Dodgers lawyer Dana Fox. “That’s clear they’re doing that. They’re working very hard.”
Fox said he had no reason to believe a settlement was in the works.
Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan, was seeking more than $36 million in economic damages for lost earnings and medical expenses, plus an unspecified sum in compensation for pain and suffering.
Stow suffered brain damage and permanent disability in the attack by Marvin Norwood and Louie Sanchez, who pleaded guilty and were sentenced earlier this year to four years, eight months in prison.