Saturday, January 11, 2014

Kelly Thomas Trial; Jury Verdit!

Fate of a couple former Fullerton law enforcement officers, charged in hitting the ground with the death of any mentally-ill homeless guy, is now up to a jury.

Manuel Ramos and also Jay Cicinelli deal with charges of involuntary manslaughter in association with the July 5, 2011, conquering of Kelly Jones. Thomas died all 5 days later within a hospital. Ramos faces an additional count of second-degree homicide, and Cicinelli can also be charged with using excessive force.

Before the jury got the situation Thursday, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas offered his rebuttal argument to the closing statements made by defense attorneys John Barnett and Erika Schwartz.

From half-day of deliberations, jurors in the case of two Southern California law enforcement officers accused of getting rid of a homeless man can have a long weekend before resuming Wednesday.

The Orange Local jury got the case late Thursday morning hours after five days of testimony as well as arguments, then deliberated for a few hours. They'll possess Friday off.

Former Fullerton police Manuel Ramos has pleaded not guilty to second-degree hard and involuntary manslaughter in a rare prosecution with regard to actions taken on duty.

Former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter as well as excessive force.

The two defendants are arrested of killing 37-year-old Kelly Jones, who died five days following July 2011confrontation.

Surveillance video that captured the event was a key section of the trial.