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

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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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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