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.


King July 10, 2012 at 08:31 AM
This is what cops and bouncers do http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYJi3lgXLBU&feature=player_embedded but when the tables turn civilians are the bad guys. You are no longer the PEOPLE when cops or bouncers lose a battle that they created but you will better be known as the DEFENDANT like these two.
King July 10, 2012 at 08:42 AM
Oh yah take a look at this as well http://www.fullertonsfuture.org/tag/kelly-thomas-beating/. How does a cop that's a witness to a crime and involved with a brutal beating on a homeless civilian not charged with anything at all NOT even Manslaughter? You already know the Latino Cop is gonna get hit with a charge but how about all others involved?
Jennifer Malara July 10, 2012 at 04:35 PM
This has nothing to do with Tere or these 2 men. He was good man who did NOTHING but tell someone that they couldnt enter the bar after last call. He did nothing wrong to deserve a beating. Why are you trying to lump every situation into one.
Kent McCaman, Captain of Industry July 11, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Hello King. The homicide outside of Pat's II in Redondo Beach is not purported to be a cop beating. Two thugs on a sidewalk attacked and killed one employee of a local bar.
King July 12, 2012 at 08:55 AM
Hello Kent you are right it is not purported to a cop beating but the employee you speak of was a bouncer and just like some officers allot of bouncers go beyond the call of duty. I personally was punched by a bouncer and thankfully I kept my composure because if I would of reacted and hurt him in any manner, I would of been getting the same stereotype reaction that you and Jennifer are giving. Let this play out and know your facts before you speak. I got thrown in jail by cops that never questioned why I got punched until I was thrown behind bars hours later and then after finally getting bailed out I had to go to court for months and prove my innocence. My brother in law ended up getting attacked by bouncers and they broke his arm and when he wanted to press charges against them it was almost impossible. So what I was trying to show by those videos is how cops, bouncers etc. get favored by the very people that enforce the laws. So what should a bar or club patron do if he or she is attacked by a bouncer that doesn't have as much authority as an officer? Do you know what a bouncers job title is? do you know when a bouncer crosses the line? Do you know about self defense?
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 (Editor) 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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