The two officers charged with the death of Kelly Thomas
will have to answer for their actions at trial. Orange County Superior Court Judge Walter Schwarm
rendered his decision at 2:30 p.m. following a three-day preliminary hearing. Referring to the felony charges faced by both Manuel Ramos
(second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter) and Jay Cicinelli
, (involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force), Schwarm ruled there was enough evidence to believe "Mr. Ramos and Mr. Cicinelli are responsible for those felonies as charged."
Both men were allowed to remain free on bond and ordered to report back to Department C5 for a hearing on May 22 at 8:30 a.m. Judge Schwarm's decision involved consideration of testimony from the pathologist who conducted Thomas's autopsy as well as statements from the officers involved. Most dramatic however, was the public
viewing of videotape of the beating, which was captured by a city camera near the
Fullerton Transportation Center. In it, a confused and terrified Thomas is swarmed by six
officers, Tazed and pummeled. His voice is clearly heard begging for
help as his life slips away.
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