SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — 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.
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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