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December 19, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
Two former police officers charged with beating a homeless man to death said they feared for their safety and rapidly ran out of options on how to control the man, who they said seemed to possess such remarkable strength during the struggle that one of the officers was convinced he must be on drugs. [For the Record 5:47 p.m. PST, Dec. 19: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that both officers were convinced Thomas was on drugs. Only one of them wrote they believed he was on drugs.
December 16, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
An expert witness called by defense lawyers for two former Fullerton police officers accused of beating a mentally ill homeless man to death testified Monday that the familiar figure in the college town did not die of asphyxiation as the prosecution claims. Dr. Gary Vilke , a professor of clinical emergency medicine at UC San Diego, challenged the Orange County coroner's determination that Kelly Thomas died of brain damage from lack of oxygen caused by chest compression and injuries to the face.
December 10, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
Kelly Thomas arrived at the hospital comatose, with multi-organ failure, multiple fractures to his face and ribs and signs of having suffered respiratory and cardiac arrest, the trauma surgeon who treated him testified Tuesday. Dr. Michael Lekawa, chief of trauma surgery at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, was on duty the night of July 5, 2011, when Thomas arrived at that hospital after a confrontation with Fullerton police. He died five days later. Two former officers, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, are on trial for allegedly killing the mentally ill homeless man. Ramos is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, Cicinelli with involuntary manslaughter and excessive force.
October 31, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Did Dr. Conrad Murray get out early? The short answer is no. Murray, the doctor who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, had served nearly two years of a four-year sentence when he was released from Los Angeles County Jail just after midnight Monday. That's only half the sentence, but it's also the full amount of jail time provided for by law. How is that not getting out early? Since when does four years equal just under two? It's complicated.
September 25, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A Costa Mesa man has been arrested in connection with the 2012 death of his 80-year-old mother whom he kept restrained to a bed and portable toilet, authorities said Wednesday. Robert Dickerman, 47, who was arrested Tuesday, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and elder abuse resulting in death. Detectives said they found Yoshiko Dickerman lying in urine inside a bathroom in her home in the 900 block of Azalea Drive in July 2012. She was dehydrated and had open sores on the left side of her body, police said.
July 3, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
MODESTO - After spending 16 years behind bars for a triple-murder arson, a 72-year-old man in shackles and a red-striped jail suit shuffled into a crowded courtroom here Tuesday to end his quest to prove his innocence. "Defendant is to be released from custody forthwith," said Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Scott T. Steffen. George Souliotes had been convicted of the arson murders in a trial in which prosecutors sought the death penalty. In exchange for his freedom, he agreed to plead no contest to involuntary manslaughter for negligently failing to ensure there were working smoke detectors in the Modesto house he rented to the victims, Michelle Jones, 31, and her children, Daniel, 8, and Amanda, 3. A federal judge found earlier this year that Souliotes had proved "actual innocence" and overturned his conviction on the grounds that his former defense attorney had performed incompetently.
July 3, 2013 | By Evan Halper
As investigators swarm the former gold-mining town of Yarnell, Ariz., to examine the fateful decisions leading up to the deaths of 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain hotshots, their presence is unlikely to ease tensions among the survivors. More than a decade ago, a similar blaze whipped through a canyon 30 miles north of Winthrop, Wash. Four firefighters died in circumstances eerily similar to those at Yarnell, killed in their emergency shelters as a fast-moving fire burned over them.
June 13, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A man suspected of assaulting his boss was shot and killed by a Fullerton police officer after raising a gun, officials said Thursday. The shooting occurred Wednesday outside a clothing manufacturing business when the suspect, who was believed to have left the area, returned and raised a gun toward the officers, victim and surrounding witnesses, said Sgt. Jeff Stuart.   “That's a threat,” Stuart said. When a caller notified the Fullerton Police Department at 6:12 p.m. that an employee was allegedly assaulting his boss, two Fullerton officers were dispatched, Stuart said.
April 5, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
A Superior Court judge ruled Friday that there will be no live television coverage of the wrongful death suit that Michael Jackson's mother and children filed against Anschutz Entertainment Group, the entertainment giant that was promoting Jackson's ill-fated comeback tour. CNN and NBCUniversal Television Group had filed a motion asking that they be allowed to televise the trial, which is being held in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. In her ruling, Judge Yvette M. Palazuelos wrote that while the media has the right to cover public court hearings, it is up to the judge to decide whether to allow TV coverage.
April 3, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, sounded a bizarre note during part of an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Tuesday when he broke into song. After talking to Cooper about the medication given to Jackson and expressing his desire to continue his "selfless acts of humanity," Murray then detailed some of the similarities he shared with Jackson. "We had very, very humble lives, and we both experienced pain," Murray said in the segment, a jailhouse interview conducted via phone.
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