CAIRO -- A day after the start of Hosni Mubarak's historic trial, seven of his co-defendants are back in the courtroom on charges of ordering the killing of protesters during the uprising that toppled Egypt's longtime president.

Thursday's hearing of former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly and six top police officials is being broadcast live on Egyptian state television.

The seven appeared in court first on Wednesday in the same defendants' cage with Mubarak and his two sons in a related case that is tried by the same judge. The Mubaraks' trial resumes Aug. 15.

Mubarak, el-Adly and the six police officials face the death penalty if convicted of complicity in protesters' deaths.

Mubarak faces corruption charges, along with his sons.