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Kelly Thomas hearing: Final arguments expected soon; decision not likely Wednesday


Defense attorney John D. Barnett, who is representing Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos in the death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless man, shows video footage from a surveillance camera that captured the incident.

A decision from Judge Walter Schwarm on whether to send two Fullerton police officers accused in the death of Kelly Thomas to trial is not likely to come Wednesday, the third and final day of a preliminary hearing in the case.

The judge called for a break Wednesday morning so he could read sections of the Fullerton Police Department training manual. Final arguments are expected when the hearing resumes mid-morning.

The three days of testimony have included some emotional outbursts and riveting videotape evidence.

The third day began with Defense Attorney Michael Schwartz, who represents one of the accused officers, Cpl. Jay Cicinelli, again asking pathologist Dr. Aruna Singhania about the chest compressions that were performed on Thomas. Then Fullerton Police Sgt. Michael Chocek was asked about the use of a taser for purposes other than tasing. At one point, Orange County DA Tony Ruckauckas banged a yellow taser similar to the one used on Thomas repeatedly on the podium, trying to make a case that the device was a hard object.

The courtroom was not as full as it had been on the previous days, but there were between 10 and 20 supporters of Kelly Thomas wearing T-shirts reading "Kelly's Army." Kelly's father, Ron Thomas, and his attorney, Garo Madriossian, did attend the third day.

We'll be updating this story throughout the day.

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