3rd Calif. officer charged in homeless man death

September 27, 2012 - 6:34 PM

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A third California officer has been charged in the beating death of a mentally ill homeless man after a violent confrontation with Fullerton police.

Orange County prosecutors say former officer Joseph Wolfe was arraigned Thursday on one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and one felony count of the use of excessive force.

A district attorney spokeswoman says Wolfe pleaded not guilty and surrendered on $25,000 bail.

Prosecutors say Wolfe was indicted by a grand jury on Monday.

Wolfe is one of six officers involved in a violent clash between police and 37-year-old Kelly Thomas in July 2011 during an investigation into a report that he was trying car doors at a Fullerton transit hub.

Thomas died five days later.

Two other former officers were charged last year.