The judge in the Kelly Thomas trial ruled Friday that portions of the personnel records belonging to two former Fullerton officers charged for beating a homeless man to death must be turned over to prosecutors and defense lawyers, reports the L.A. Times.
Prosecutors had filed a motion December 18 seeking access to the records. The judge gave Fullerton’s city attorney a week to challenge the decision.
Manuel Ramos, 39, and Jay Cicinelli, 41, have been charged with involuntary manslaughter, with Ramos facing an additional count of second-degree murder. Cicinelli is also charged with using excessive force in the July 2011 altercation between Thomas and police outside the Fullerton Transportation Center.
Closing arguments are expected the week of Jan. 6.