Plans to set a trial date for the two ex-Fullerton police officers charged in connection with the beating death of schizophrenic homeless man Kelly Thomas were postponed until August 24, when defense attorneys plan to file motions to dismiss charges against their clients.
The defendants, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, were in court Friday for a pre-trial hearing and to set a hearing date.
Ramos is charged with second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and Cicinelli with involuntary manslaughter and excessive force in connection with the beating of Kelly Thomas. The victim died five days after the incident.
For his father, Ron Thomas, it’s been a long haul.
He said the defense tactics aren’t unexpected and the trial of the two men won’t likely start until next year.
“No surprises here – it just really does drag it on,” Thomas said.
The defendants are free on bail, but both were let go from the Fullerton Police Department.
Attorneys for both men contend there is a lack of evidence to warrant a trial.
Ron Thomas said he continues talking to prosecutors about possible charges against other officers involved in the incident, including Joe Wolfe. Wolfe is seen in a video of the incident wielding a baton. He was also let go by the city of Fullerton.
The Orange County District Attorney says the investigation is on-going.