Trial Date Pushed Back For 2 Ex-Fullerton Officers Accused In Kelly Thomas Death

SANTA ANA ( — A judge in Orange County Friday pushed back opening statements in the trial of two ex-Fullerton police officers charged in the in-custody death of Kelly Thomas.

Opening statements are expected to be made on Dec. 2, in the trial of co-defendants Jay Cicinelli and Manuel Ramos, according to KNX 1070’s Mike Landa.

“It’s primarily a scheduling situation, so we’ll need another week to do pretrial motions,” Ramos’ attorney, John Barnett, said.

Trial Date Pushed Back For 2 Of The Officers Accused In Kelly Thomas Death

Thomas died from injuries sustained during an alleged beating on July 5, 2011.

A third former officer, Joe Wolfe, has been indicted for involuntary manslaughter. His trial is expected to follow.

Ramos is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter while Cicinelli is charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive force.

Their trial is expected to last 5 weeks.

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