SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A November date has been set for the unprecedented trial of two former Fullerton police officers accused of killing mentally ill homeless man Kelly Thomas.
The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/1bXpSo3) reports Monday that jury selection will begin Nov. 18 for the trial expected to last five weeks.
Thirty-nine-year-old former officer Manuel Ramos is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, making him the first police officer in county history charged with murder for an on-duty incident.
Forty-one-year-old ex-officer Jay Cicinelli (chih-chih-NELL'-ee) is charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault.
They've pleaded not guilty to killing Thomas, a 37-year-old schizophrenic who was beaten, shocked with a stun gun and pinned to the ground by six officers in July 2011.
His death days later sparked protests, City Council recalls and an FBI investigation.
Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com