Suspects in Fatal Bar Fight Ordered to Stand Trial

Frank Cobarruvias Jr. and Rene Anthony Avina are accused of fatally beating Terie Colecchi outside Pats II Cocktails.

The two men accused of fatally beating a bouncer outside in South Redondo Beach at the beginning of June must stand trial, Torrance Superior Court Judge Hector M. Guzman ruled Monday.

After a preliminary hearing, Guzman found sufficient evidence for Francisco "Frank" Cobarruvias Jr., 35, of Redondo Beach, and Rene Anthony Avina, 23, of Carson, to be tried for murder.

Cobarruvias and Avina are accused of attacking Torrance resident Terie Colecchi, 49, just before closing time outside Pats II Cocktails on June 2. Colecchi died from his injuries.

As part of Monday's hearing, Guzman watched surveillance footage taken from outside Pats II Cocktails on the night of the incident, according to the Daily Breeze. The newspaper reported that the footage showed Colecchi throwing the first punch.

Additionally, the video showed Colecchi on top of Cobarruvias for a moment, but they switched positions, the Breeze reported. The video also showed Avina kicking Colecchi in the head and Cobarruvias hitting Colecchi seven times.

Both Avina and Cobarruvias were regulars at the bar, according to published reports.

Although initially Jeffrey Gray, Cobarruvias' attorney, argued that the case was one of mistaken identity, he told the Daily Breeze in a later interview that Colecchi committed "an atrocious felony" by biting Cobarruvias' hand. Gray claims his client acted in self-defense.

Gray and Avina's attorney, Christopher Glew, also said that prosecutors should have charged their clients with manslaughter—not murder, the Breeze reported.

Cobarruvias is being held at the Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles in lieu of $2 million bail, while Avina is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

They are due back in court for arraignment July 23.

—City News Service contributed to this report.


Justin July 14, 2012 at 02:31 PM
It's a bouncer's job to keep people out of privately owned bars and clubs (which is completely at the owner's discretion -- i.e. "We have the right to refuse service to anyone"). In other words, you don't have the right to drink at someone's bar if they don't want you there. And, if you've barged in after last call, and they've made it clear to you that you can't be in there, a bouncer has the right to throw your ass out. That's how society works. And just because you may have had a bad experience with a bouncer, or a cop, doesn't mean that everyone else has. What about all those people who have been helped by bouncers? Should they be discounted because you've had a bad experience? I know bouncers that have broken up fights, and saved people from getting stomped into paralysis. I know bouncers who have taken bottles to the head to protect women from abuse. And keep in mind, these bouncers didn't even know the people they were protecting. So, your comment is pretty self-centered (i.e. I had a bad experience, so security as an institution should be done away with). Toughen up a little and grow a pair. I've had run ins with the cops myself, but cops have also saved my life. We're not talking about some megalithic institution manned by robots. We're talking about individual people, who all behave differently. Cops and bouncers are not all clones.
Wolfman July 15, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I don't see my comment on here I guess it was removed again by Nicole the political correct liberal censorship moderator for patch who does not like the truth.
Nicole Mooradian July 15, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Hi Wolfman, I haven't removed any of your comments recently. Perhaps you posted the comment on another story?
King July 18, 2012 at 08:37 AM
Justin I didn't say that all cops or bouncers are the same. That would make me like these ignorant people that profile ALL LATINOS to be THUGS and Gangsters. I use to be a bouncer and I don't discriminate. And YES a bouncer has the right to throw you out but not physically. Here goes a link for you http://www.crimedoctor.com/nightclub1.htm
lisa crew July 26, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I have not been able to find any updated information about what is going on in this case. They had a court date on Monday, July 23. Can you please let your readers whats happening?


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