Cali. police officers to be tried in homeless death

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Ron Thomas, father of Kelly Thomas, embraces a supporter before Orange County, Calif., District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announces that two police officers will be charged in the death of his son, Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man, at a news conference in Santa Ana, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. Fullerton, Calif., police officer Manuel Ramos was charged with one count each of second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Thomas after a violent confrontation on July 5 with police officers. Police Cpl. Jay Cicinelli was charged with one count each of involuntary manslaughter and excessive force. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

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Two Southern California police officers were ordered Wednesday to stand trial in the death of a mentally ill homeless man, 37-year-old Kelly Thomas, following a violent arrest last summer.

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