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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Giovanni Ramirez: Police Release Photo of Man Accused of Beating Bryan Stow

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 7:45 AM

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Police are certain Giovanni Ramirez was the man who beat Bryan Stow into a coma the night of March 31 after the opener game between the Dodgers and the Giants. Yet Ramirez, 31, is telling police that he has an alibi -- his 10-year-old daughter.

But last night the case against Ramirez grew when witnesses identified Ramirez in a lineup, saying he was the man who attacked Stow, a father of two. Police are now forwarding the case to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

"The department is satisfied with the results," police said in to a statement.

Ramirez's attorney, Anthony Brocklier, told LA Weekly that "quite often witnesses think they're telling the truth" but it doesn't mean the ID was accurate.

"I'm not going to say he's the citizen of the year," he said. But "we have an innocent client ... not just that they can't prove it, but that we have an actually innocent client."

His lawyers pointed out that the mug shot of Ramirez was leaked to some media outlets which then printed it. That could easily taint the investigation, they argued.

Giovanni claims he did not go to the Dodgers game that day. Rather, he was at home, babysitting his daughter -- and apparently, she can attest to that.

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Erin Sherbert

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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