Former Suspect In Bryan Stow Beating Reacts To Exoneration

LOS ANGELES (CBS) – Giovanni Ramirez spoke out Friday for the first time since he was arrested and wrongfully accused in the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow.

“More than anything I’m upset. Not for myself but for the grief and embarrassment that my friends, family and loved ones have been put through,” Ramirez said in a statement released by his Attorney Jose Romero.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has since publicly exonerated Ramirez after the department announced the arrest of two new suspects, Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30 on July 20.

“Everyone is asking what am I going to do next. My only focus and attention is with the writ that has been filed this week. I know the judge in Superior Court will do the right thing,” the statement continued.

Lawyers for Ramirez filed court papers Wednesday asking a judge to order their client’s release from prison. Ramirez is currently being held on a parole violation at a San Diego facility.

The documents allege that a parole board “capitulated to the political and public pressure surrounding the Dodger Stadium beating” when it concluded that Ramirez had violated parole when he was arrested in a home where a firearm was found, the Associated Press reported.

The court filing also accuses Beck of participating in a “rush to judgment” when he told reporters that Ramirez was responsible for the March 31 assault on Bryan Stow, according to Associated Press reports.

Stow,42, suffered serious brain injuries in the attack and remains hospitalized at San Francisco General Hospital in serious condition.

Norwood and Sanchez have been charged with felony assault and battery. They are both being held on $500,000 bail. Arraignment for the two suspects is scheduled for Aug. 10.

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