Monday, January 6, 2014
Trial resumes today in the Kelly Thomas case after a two-week break for the holidays. The prosecution is presenting its rebuttal case and will be calling Dr. Matthew Budoff, a cardiologist at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center who will testify that Thomas died from injuries inflicted by police during a beating and not, as claimed by the defense, from an enlarged heart weakened by many years of methamphetamine abuse.
Previous testimony has established that he did not have any drugs in his system and that he was apologizing to officers and complaining that he could not breathe as they continued to sit on him and beat him with a baton and a taser.
The beating was recorded by a security camera.
Thomas went into a coma and died five days later in a hospital without regaining consciousness.
Manuel Ramos is charged with second degree murder and Jay Cicinelli is charged with involuntary manslaughter. The former police officers were fired by the Fullerton Police Department after the incident.
Final arguments are expected this week.
For more information, go here to read Adolfo Flores’s article today in the LA Times. He has been covering the case for the paper.
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