Trial Involving Ex-Officers Set to Begin in Kelly Thomas Beating Death

Adrian Arambulo and Andrew Lopez (NBCLA) | December 2, 2013

The trial in the criminal case of two former Fullerton police officers accused of beating homeless man Kelly Thomas to death two summers ago is scheduled to begin Monday.

On July 5, 2011, Thomas was hospitalized after an altercation with six Fullerton police officers at a bus depot. Police were called to the location to investigate a report of a vehicle break-in.

Thomas was hospitalized and died five days later when he was removed from life support.

Former Fullerton Police Department Officer Manuel Ramos is facing one felony count of second degree murder and one felony count of involuntary manslaughter. If convicted, Ramos faces up to 15 years in prison.

Former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli is charged with one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and one felony count of the use of excessive force.

Ron Thomas, Kelly’s father, was at the bus depot Sunday where his son was beaten to death. He said a candlelight vigil was being prepared ahead of the trial.

Ron said he hopes the jury will understand that his son is schizophrenic and not violent.

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