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December 09, 2013
Lawyers challenge pathologist's testimony in Fullerton police trial
A coroner's office pathologist says Kelly Thomas died of injuries he suffered in his clash with officers, not heart trouble related to drug use.
Defense attorneys in the Kelly Thomas trial repeatedly challenged the testimony of a pathologist who concluded that the homeless man died from injuries he suffered during his violent clash with Fullerton police.
Aruna Singhania, an Orange County coroner's office pathologist, testified Thursday that Thomas died of brain damage from a lack of oxygen caused by chest compression during the fight.
After examining Thomas' body, Singhania testified, she couldn't immediately determine the cause of death. She said she reached a conclusion about three months later after conducting a toxicology report, a microscopic review and watching a surveillance video of the 2011 beating.
Her testimony is considered critical in the trial of former officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli. Ramos is charged with second-degree murder; Cicinelli with involuntary manslaughter.
John Barnett, Ramos' attorney, pressed the pathologist, saying her testimony was inconsistent from the preliminary hearing when she pointed to a single moment in the beating as the cause of death.
Singhania responded that she had been misled during the preliminary hearing and that there had not been a single instance of compression that caused Thomas to die.
"It's a constellation of injuries," Singhania responded. "Not one single injury."
At one point, Barnett asked her if the compression had occurred when Thomas was screaming for his father to help him. more...
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