SANTA ANA (AP) — Several people have testified at a trial of two former Fullerton police officers about their violent encounters with a homeless man who died after a bloody confrontation with police two years ago.

Defense attorneys began presenting evidence Thursday in the beating case of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas. Among those called to the stand were Thomas’s grandfather and mother, who both said they were attacked by the mentally ill man.

Two former officers, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, are standing trial. Ramos has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Cicinelli has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force.

Testimony is expected to resume Monday.

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