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Inside the Kelly Thomas trial

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Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas shows the jury an image of Fullerton police trying to subdue Kelly Thomas at the Fullerton Transportation Center on July 5, 2011 during the trial of former Fullerton officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 in Santa Ana, Calif. Rackauckas told jurors that Ramos and Cicinelli were responsible for the death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas in July 2011. Thomas, whose family says was schizophrenic, died five days after the violent confrontation with six officers who responded to a call about a man jiggling car door handles in a transit center parking lot. Ramos is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Cicinelli is charged with to involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force. Defense attorneys are seeking to introduce evidence that Thomas had a history of violence and suffered from psychotic episodes due to prolonged methamphetamine abuse.

Now for a look at the trial of two Fullerton police officers, accused of beating homeless man Kelly Thomas to death. Two years ago, Thomas was hospitalized after a run-in with six officers at a bus depot. Thomas died five days later when he was taken off life support. 

KPCC's Orange County reporter Ed Joyce is covering the trial and he joins Take Two to fill us in. 
 


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