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Alleged gang member denies attempted murder in beating

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A reputed gang member accused of inflicting severe injuries on a UC Berkeley freshman who was attacked while visiting friends in the College Area pleaded not guilty Friday to attempted murder and other charges.

Terrence Lavar Jarvis, 26, also faces two counts of robbery and one count each of attempted robbery, felony battery and shooting at an inhabited residence.

Jarvis, who spent five years in state prison for firing into a residence in 2005, was ordered held without bail by Judge David Szumowski, pending a Feb. 6 status conference.

Deputy District Attorney Chris Lawson alleged that Jarvis and a second defendant, David White, went on an overnight crime spree Dec. 27-28 that included shooting up a residence, another assault and the robbery of a woman.

After they tried, but failed, to hold up an employee of a pizza outlet, they came across 18-year-old Grant Richman of Northridge in the 4600 block of Antioch Place, the prosecutor alleged.

Richman was "viciously and savagely beaten outside the driver's side of his car," Lawson told the judge. "He was left to die in a pool of his own blood."

The young man suffered severe brain trauma and has been undergoing extensive rehabilitation, according to his parents. San Diego police Lt. Kevin Rooney said the student's condition continues to improve.

The prosecutor said bludgeoning the victim into a coma could enhance sentences by five years if the defendants are convicted.

The day following the alleged crime spree, Jarvis was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and violating parole in the 7100 block of Jacmar

Avenue, in the Skyline district of San Diego. He has been in custody since.

He also has an auto theft case pending against him, according to the prosecutor.

Lawson said Jarvis was found to have items belonging to Richman, and bloody clothing tested positive for the victim's DNA. Blood found in White's car also matched Richman's DNA, the prosecutor said.

White, 20, was taken into custody last week in Mesa, Ariz., for an alleged probation violation. He is being held at Maricopa County Jail pending extradition back to California.

The defendants and White's vehicle were caught on surveillance tape at the scene of the first assault in Emerald Hills, around nine hours before Richman was attacked, Lawson said.

The woman was robbed in the 4500 block of Logan Avenue around 11:30 that night, and Jarvis' cell phone "pinged" at an undisclosed location where her credit cards were subsequently used, according to the prosecutor.

The pizza company worker identified White's car, he said.

Because the charges also contain various gang and weapon's allegations, Jarvis faces 157 years to life in state prison if convicted, according to Lawson. He said White could be imprisoned for 83 years and eight months to life if found guilty.

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