Surprise, Surprise: Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli Plead Not Guilty in Beating Death of Kelly Thomas
Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, the two officers charged in the beating death of unarmed Fullerton homeless man Kelly Thomas, entered pleas of not guilty at arraignment today. Ramos is charged with second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter while Cicinelli is charged with involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force. Both faced a preliminary hearing in May when Judge Walter Schwarm ruled there was enough evidence for the two to stand trial.
Today they were ordered to return to court on July 27 for a scheduling hearing. Ramos, it was reported this week, officially left the Fullerton police department, though the department wouldn't disclose whether he resigned or was fired. Cicinelli remains on unpaid administrative leave.
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