Posted: May 9, 2012 3:39 PM by Associated Press
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Two Southern California police officers have been ordered to stand trial in the death of a mentally ill homeless man following a violent arrest last summer.
An Orange County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday after a hearing that included video of the confrontation between the officers and 37-year-old Kelly Thomas in the city of Fullerton.
Officer Manuel Ramos is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Cpl. Jay Cicinelli is charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault or battery by a public officer. Both have pleaded not guilty.
The officers confronted Thomas while responding to reports that a homeless man was looking into parked cars at a transit center.
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