Published: Sep 21, 2011 7:01 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 21, 2011 7:03 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A defense lawyer says a police officer has been charged with murder in the death of a mentally ill homeless man in Southern California.
    
Attorney John Barnett says his client, Fullerton police Officer Manuel Ramos, surrendered to authorities Wednesday and was being charged with second-degree murder.
    
The Orange County district attorney's office was set to announce the charge in the death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas after a violent confrontation on July 5 with Fullerton officers.
    
Six officers were placed on paid administrative leave after the incident that occurred while police were investigating reported vehicle break-ins at a transit hub.
    
Thomas suffered severe head and neck injuries and was taken off life support five days later.

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