Tuesday, January 7, 2014
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Jurors are scheduled to return to a Santa Ana courtroom Wednesday for a second day of closing arguments in the case against two former Fullerton police officers charged in the July 2011 death of a homeless man.
On Tuesday, Rackauckas repeatedly replayed clips from the 33-minute, black-and-white video. In it, 37-year-old Kelly Thomas cries out repeatedly for his father, apologizes and says he can't breathe as six officers pile on him.
Former Officer Manuel Ramos has pleaded not guilty to one count of second-degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter. Former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli has pleaded not guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of excessive use of force.
Ramos' defense attorney said in his closing argument that Thomas was a violent and unpredictable.