Trial delayed for ex-Fullerton officers in beating death
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) – The trial for two former Orange County police officers charged with beating to death a mentally ill homeless man has been delayed until December.
Former Fullerton officer Manuel Ramos is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of 37-year-old schizophrenic Kelly Thomas, who died five days after a 2011 confrontation with police.
Another former officer, Jay Cicinelli, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault.
The Orange County Register reported Saturday that opening statements were set for Dec. 2 in Orange County Superior Court.
Ramos could be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison if convicted of murder; Cicinelli faces up to four years in custody if convicted.
A third officer has been charged separately.
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