Coverage of the trial involving two ex-police officers charged in the death of a homeless man

Defense Rests in Kelly Thomas Beating Case

Two Fullerton police officers are being tried in court in the death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless man, who died after an altercation with police in 2011

By Jason Kandel
|  Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013  |  Updated 1:52 PM PDT
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Doctor: Kelly Thomas' Body Had Signs of Shock After Beating

Dr. Michael Lekawa testified in the trial against two ex-Fullerton officers accused in the fatal beating of Thomas, a homeless schizophrenic, who was beaten in a struggle with officers during a call out at a Fullerton transportation center in 2011. Vikki Vargas reports from Santa Ana for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2013.

Day Four in the Kelly Thomas Murder Case

Jurors in the Kelly Thomas beating case case saw pictures depicting the gruesome injuries inflicted on Thomas for the first time on Thursday while also hearing from the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy in the case. Vikki Vargas reports from Santa Ana for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.
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Defense attorneys have rested their case in the trial of two Fullerton police officers accused in the beating death of Kelly Thomas.

Prosecutors in the trial of ex-Officer Manuel Ramos and former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli will begin presenting rebuttal witnesses on Thursday.

The Kelly Thomas Case: Timeline | Fullerton Police Ignored Misconduct, Report Finds

Thomas, a homeless schizophrenic, was beaten in a struggle with officers during a call out at a Fullerton transportation center in 2011.

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Ramos is charged with second degree murder. Cicinelli is on trial for manslaughter and use of excessive force. It is the first time an on-duty officer in Orange County has been charged with murder.

Police went to the Fullerton Transportation Center the night of the beating in response to a 911 call from the nearby Slidebar nightclub that someone was trying to break into cars outside the club.

Investigators later determined Thomas was not responsible for the car break-in attempts.

A third officer, Joseph Wolfe, faces charges in a separate trial.

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