New suspects arrested in Giants fan beating

LOS ANGELES — Two new suspects were arrested Wednesday in the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium and the original suspect may well be exonerated, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing, said that if the district attorney's office files a case against the men, the suspect previously identified by police, Giovanni Ramirez, will be exonerated.

The arrests are a dramatic development in the case. Since Giovanni was arrested May 22, police have consistently restated they believed they had their man, while his lawyers said detectives were wrong.

Giants fan Bryan Stow was almost fatally beaten by two men outside the stadium after attending the March 31 season opener between the Giants and archrival Los Angeles Dodgers.

A paramedic and father of two, the 42-year-old Stow was transported from Los Angeles to San Francisco in May after being in a coma and in critical condition for months before doctors upgraded his condition to serious in June.

Ramirez, a convicted felon, is in prison for a parole violation after police found a gun in the house where he was staying when he was arrested.

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