Cali. jury has verdict for two ex-cops charged in beating death of homeless man

Los Angeles (CNN) -- The jury deliberating the fate of two former Fullerton police officers on trial for the beating death of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill and homeless man, has reached a verdict.

The verdict is to be read in a Santa Ana, California, court room Monday afternoon. Eight women and four men began deliberating the case last Thursday.

The beating of Thomas in a transit parking lot was recorded by security cameras on the night of July 5, 2011. The surveillance camera footage shows Thomas being beaten, clubbed, and stunned with a Taser by police. The video sparked a nationwide outcry.

Former officer Manuel Ramos was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. A second former Fullerton officer, Jay Cicinelli, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force.

In closing arguments, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told jurors that Ramos bore responsibility for Thomas's death because he issued a threat to the uncooperative homeless man. Ramos can be seen on the surveillance video putting on gloves and shaking his fist in Thomas's face.


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