An appeals court Thursday denied a last-ditch attempt by one of two former Fullerton police officers accused in the death of Kelly Thomas to prevent the case going to trial.
Former Officer Manuel Ramos is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, and former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli is charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force in the July 2011 beating death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless man with a history of schizophrenia.
A third officer, Joseph Wolfe, was indicted in September, a year after the others, on charges of involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force. Three other officers involved in the confrontation with Thomas were not charged.
Ramos and Cicinelli asked an Orange County Superior Court judge to dismiss the charges against them, arguing that they acted within their authority. The judge denied the motion in January. Ramos then appealed the decision, but the appeals court denied his challenge.