LOS ANGELES (AP) An 18-year-old man pleaded not guilty to his alleged role in a gang-related killing in southern Los Angeles last year when he was a senior at a suburban high school.
Cameron Terrell entered his plea Wednesday to one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder, City News Service reported. The charges include gang allegations. A judge also denied Terrell’s bid for a reduction of his $5 million bail.
Prosecutors said the white teen from the upscale Palos Verdes Peninsula allegedly joined a predominantly black Los Angeles gang. Terrell was identified in a complaint with the moniker “White Boy.”
Police said he drove the car involved in the October 2017 shooting death of 21-year-old Justin Holmes. Police said Holmes had no gang affiliations. Two juveniles were also arrested along with Terrell and were charged with murder.
Surveillance video showed the 16-year-old alleged shooter and the other juvenile jumping into the back seat of a black Mercedes-Benz sedan after the shooting. The car was registered to Terrell’s father and was typically driven by Terrell, investigators said.
A police officer testified at a previous hearing that a photo found by investigators on the defendant’s cell phone showed a young man appearing to be Terrell making a hand sign derogatory to a rival gang.
Terrell was released last year on a $5 million bond. His family pulled him from classes at Palos Verdes High School after parents called him a danger to students. His attorney has said Terrell is continuing to work toward finishing his high school education, though he did not say whether he is being home-schooled or attending classes elsewhere.
A pretrial hearing was set for May 22. The status of the case against the two juveniles arrested along with him was not immediately available.