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Third officer may be charged in OC homeless death

Posted: September 19, 2012 9:00 a.m.
Updated: September 19, 2012 9:00 a.m.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An attorney says a third former officer from the Fullerton Police Department might be charged in the death of a mentally ill homeless man who died in 2011 after a confrontation with police.

The Orange County Register reports Vicki Podberesky, an attorney representing Joe Wolfe, says prosecutors notified her they will present evidence to a grand jury Wednesday to decide if Wolfe should be charged.

If indicted, Wolfe could stand trial in the death of Kelly Thomas, who died five days after a violent confrontation with six police officers at a transportation hub.

Former officer Manuel Ramos was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli was charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive force.

Ramos and Cicinelli have filed motions to dismiss the charges against them.


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