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Kelly Thomas death: Fullerton officer remains in custody

September 22, 2011 |  6:31 am

Ron Thomas outside courthouse Sept. 21, 2011
A Fullerton police officer remained behind bars Thursday after being charged in the beating death of homeless man Kelly Thomas.

Arraignment for Manuel Ramos on charges of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter was postponed Wednesday, with the hearing rescheduled for Monday.

The other officer arrested in the case, Jay Cicinelli, posted $25,000 bail after pleading not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and using excessive force.

Thomas' father, Ron Thomas, said Wednesday he was pleased that bail was kept at $1 million for Ramos.

"He's wearing handcuffs right now -- which is great -- for the murder of my son," Ron Thomas said.


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Photo: Ron Thomas hugs a friend outside court Wednesday after arraignment proceedings for two Fullerton police officers charged in the beating death of his son. Credit: GIna Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times