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Prosecutors will make the case for charging 2 police officers in death of Calif. homeless man
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) ' Evidence is being presented to a judge who will decide whether two California police officers should stand trial on charges of killing a mentally ill homeless man they stopped while investigating a report of car burglaries.
Orange County prosecutors began presenting their case Monday in a preliminary hearing in Superior Court in Santa Ana.
Fullerton police Officer Manuel Ramos is accused of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the July 2011 death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas. Police Cpl. Jay Cicinelli is charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive force. Both have pleaded not guilty.
Thomas died of injuries several days after what turned into a violent encounter with the officers.
One of the first witnesses is a forensic specialist who says an out-of-breath Ramos told her he had never had anyone fight him like that before.