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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.


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