A jury found an 18-year-old Palos Verdes Estates high school student not guilty of murder earlier this month. The jury also found him not guilty of two counts of attempted murder. Police accused Cameron Terrell of driving the getaway car during a gang shooting in 2017. According to prosecutors, Terrell drove two other teens to a location to confront rival gang members. Following the shooting, the juveniles returned to Terrell’s Mercedes Benz and escaped.
Terrell’s attorney argued that he did not know his companions had weapons. Instead, he said that Terrell thought the juveniles wanted to “tag” the rival gang’s territory. A judge set Terrell’s bail at $5 million. His parents posted the bond and officials released him. Terrell, who was a high school senior at the time of the incident, finished his diploma elsewhere.
His attorney said that the evidence showed that Terrell did not have any weapons. He did not participate in the crime and did not know of or help plan the shooting. The case drew significant media attention because of Terrell’s affluent family background. Terrell says that with the case behind him, he will attend college in the fall and plans to study law.
The case against the juveniles accused of conducting the shooting remains sealed. Terrell was tried as an adult.
Los Angeles murder lawyer
Homicide is the most serious charge you can face in California. Under state law, literally your life may be on the line. California allows the death penalty in certain homicide cases. Special allegations involving weapons and gang activity can also factor into the sentence you receive upon conviction. Although the state hasn’t executed anyone in over ten years, the number of people on California’s Death Row grows daily. That’s why you need an experienced murder lawyer on your side.
Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes homicide cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not possible, he will fight aggressively for your rights and freedom in court. Acquittal is always a very real possibility, as long as you have a prepared, aggressive and experienced attorney on your side.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County murder case.
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