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.