An Orange County jury has begun deliberating the fates of two former Fullerton police officers accused of killing a schizophrenic homeless man during a violent encounter at a city bus depot in 2011.
Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli are charged with striking Kelly Thomas with a baton and a stun gun in a beating that left the homeless man comatose. He died five days after the altercation.
The case went to the jury following Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas' rebuttal after three days of closing arguments. Rackauckas told jurors that the former officers had abused their authority on the July evening when they confronted Thomas.
“Good police officers don’t act in the manner depicted in this case,” Rackauckas said.
Ramos is facing second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter charges, while Cicinelli is charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force under the color of authority.