- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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 Tuesday 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 teenager 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 cellphone showed a young man who appeared 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 other parents labeled him as a danger to students.

Terrell’s attorney has said his client is working toward finishing his high school education. He did not say whether Terrell is being home-schooled or attending classes elsewhere.

A pretrial hearing was set for May 22. The status of the case against the two teens arrested with Terrell was not immediately available.

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This version corrects that Terrell entered the plea on Tuesday, not Wednesday.

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