A key witness to the March 31 beating of Bryan Stow at the Giants-Dodgers season opener has died of an apparent reaction to peanuts, to which he was severely allergic. Matthew Lee, considered an important witness in the case, died unexpectedly, soon after eating a salad that allegedly contained nuts. Although the coroner reportedly has not released an official cause of death, Lee apparently had a serious allergy to peanuts, and it is believed that peanuts in the salad caused his death.

Although officials reportedly have additional evidence, Lee’s eyewitness account was expected to play a significant role in the upcoming trial. The victim and Lee attended the Los Angeles Dodgers’ season opener on March 31 along with a group of friends.

After the game, Stow, 42, was brutally beaten in the stadium parking lot. According to police, he was wearing a Giants shirt, and was assaulted by two young men. Stow received blows to the back and head, suffering brain damage. He remains hospitalized following the attack. It is also thought that the pair attacked several others that night. The two men suspected of the attack, Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, were charged with assault and mayhem. Their first court appearance was Monday, and they are expected back for arraignment on August 10.

It’s not yet known what effect Lee’s death will have on the case. Read more about it here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43978690/?gt1=43001

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