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

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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.

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    [LA] 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. (Published Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013)

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

    Day Four in the Kelly Thomas Murder Case

    [LA] 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. (Published Thursday, Dec 5, 2013)

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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.

    Jury Watches Kelly Thomas Beating Video

    [LA] Jury Watches Kelly Thomas Beating Video
    The jury in the trial of two former Fullerton police officers charged in the beating death of Kelly Thomas watched and listened Tuesday to the full encounter between Thomas and officers. Vikki Vargas reports from the courthouse in Santa Ana for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. (Published Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013)

    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.

    Day One in Kelly Thomas Beating Trial

    [LA] Day One in Kelly Thomas Beating Trial
    A trial got underway in Santa Ana on Monday for two former Fullerton police officers charged in the beating death of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man. Vikki Vargas reports from the courthouse in Santa Ana for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. (Published Monday, Dec 2, 2013)

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

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