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Hearing continues for two officers charged in Kelly Thomas death

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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A coroner's drawing indicates where various external injuries were observed on Kelly Thomas' body at the time of autopsy. Joshua Sudock, Orange County Register, pool photo

A preliminary hearing continues in Orange County Wednesday for two Fullerton police officers charged in the death of Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old mentally-ill homeless man. Thomas died last July, five days after being beaten by police officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli.

The hearing will determine whether the two officers at the center of the scene will face charges ranging from second-degree murder to excessive use of force. Yesterday, the court viewed graphic surveillance footage of the beating and autopsy photos of Thomas' injuries. The defense called into question whether the beating caused the injuries that led to Thomas's death, or whether they could have been caused by CPR administered to Kelly after the beating.

The hearing continues Wednesday with more from the pathologist that performed the autopsy on Thomas' body.


Ed Joyce, KPCC's Orange County reporter.

Note: The story contains an audio recording of the graphic surveillance video played to the court, which may not be suitable for all listeners

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