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Dr. Matthew Budoff, program director for cardiology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, said CAT scans and X-rays of Thomas’ heart show no evidence of heart failure.

“He could’ve had some early stages of damage to his heart, but his heart was not weakened,” Budoff testified.

Thomas “would not have died of heart failure because his heart was still normal at this point,” he said.

An Orange County coroner determined that Thomas died of brain damage from lack of oxygen caused by chest compression and injuries to the face during his struggle with police.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-kelly-thomas-hea...

Jurors in the trial of two former Fullerton police officers accused of beating a mentally ill homeless man to death will probably be told to disregard the opinions of witnesses who said the two acted within department policy.

The admonition is expected to be part of jury instructions that are still being negotiated by attorneys in the trial over the beating death of Kelly Thomas.

“You are ordered to disregard those opinions,” a draft of the admonition says. “It is up to you to determine whether the defendants used excessive or unreasonable force based on all the evidence that has been presented in this trial but you may not consider evidence that has been stricken.”

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-kelly-thomas-cas...