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

Officer Charged in Kelly Thomas Beating No Longer Works for Fullerton: Police

Officer faces charges related to the death of Kelly Thomas

By Olsen Ebright
|  Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012  |  Updated 9:41 PM PDT
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May 7, 2012: Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos listens to proceedings during a preliminary hearing.

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Officers to Stand Trial in Kelly Thomas Beating Case

Fullerton Officer Manuel Ramos and Cpl. Jay Cicinelli charged in the beating death of transient Kelly Thomas have been ordered to stand trial following a three-day preliminary hearing. Vikki Vargas reports from Santa Ana for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 9, 2012.
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The Fullerton Police Department no longer employs one of the two officers charged in the beating death of Kelly Thomas, an official has confirmed.

"Manuel Ramos is no longer a city employee as of July 3," Fullerton police Sgt. Jeff Stuart said Tuesday.

The 10-year veteran of the force was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old schizophrenic man who died days after being beaten by six police officers last year.

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The status of the other officers involved in the beating remains the same, Stuart said Tuesday. Four officers are on paid administrative leave, and Cpl. Jay Cicinelli remains on unpaid leave.

Cicinelli was charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force in connection with the 2011 beating.

If convicted on the murder charge, Ramos faces 15 years to life. Both officers face up to four years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

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