SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) _ A judge is expected to weigh whether there's enough evidence to proceed with a trial for two Fullerton police officers charged with the beating death of a mentally ill homeless man, a case that has drawn protest from some Santa Ana residents.
Prosecutors are expected to lay out their case against Officer Manuel Ramos and Cpl. Jay Cicinelli at a preliminary hearing Monday in Superior Court in Santa Ana.
Prosecutors say the officers are responsible for the death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas during an investigation of reported car burglaries at a Fullerton transit hub in July.
Ramos has pleaded not guilty to second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Cicinelli has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and excessive force.