Kelly Thomas Trial Resumes After Holiday Break

Closing arguments may begin on Tuesday

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Closing arguments could begin as early as Tuesday in the trial of two ex-Fullerton officers accused in the fatal beating of a mentally ill homeless man.

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

Ex-Officer Manuel Ramos and former Cpl. Jay Cicnelli are being tried in the case.

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Ramos is charged with second degree murder. Cicinelli is on trial for manslaughter and use of excessive force.

Police went to the Fullerton Transportation Center the night of the beating, July 5, in response to a 911 call from the nearby Slidebar nightclub that someone was trying to break into cars outside the club.

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An altercation involving six officers and Thomas resulted in Thomas being taken to a hospital on life support. Thomas died five days later.

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

Joseph Wolfe, a third officer involved in the incident, faces charges in a separate trial.

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