SANTA ANA, California — The California Supreme Court has declined the appeal of a former Fullerton police officer, which means he'll face trial in the death of a homeless man.
The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/182Diub ) the court's ruling Wednesday means Manuel Ramos lost his fourth attempt to keep the case from going to trial.
Ramos faces second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of Kelly Thomas. Thomas, who had schizophrenia, died after a violent altercation with six police officers in July 2011.
Ramos' defense lawyer John Barnett says he'll seek a continuance on the June 28 trial date that has been set.
Two other former Fullerton police officers have also been charged in Thomas' death.