Thursday, January 9, 2014
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — After a half-day of deliberations, jurors in the case of two Southern California police officers accused of killing a homeless man will have a long weekend before resuming Monday.
The Orange County jury got the case late Thursday morning after five weeks of testimony and arguments, then deliberated for several hours. They'll have Friday off.
Former Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in a rare prosecution for actions taken on duty.
Former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and excessive force.
The two defendants are accused of killing 37-year-old Kelly Thomas, who died five days after the July 2011confrontation.
Surveillance video that captured the incident was a key part of the trial.