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Golf Club Attack Suspect Faces 16 Charges

February 12, 1987

DENVER (AP) _ A teen-ager accused of four muggings in which victims were beaten with golf clubs and rocks has been charged with 16 counts carrying a combined sentence of more than 200 years in prison, authorities said.

The counts against 18-year-old Gerald Graham, filed Wednesday in Denver County Court, include aggravated robbery, attempted aggravated robbery, second-degree assault and conspiracy, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Mike Little.

Graham, of Denver, is accused of taking part in two attacks Jan. 30 in which golf clubs were used and two earlier attacks in which the weapons were rocks. The attacks involved seven victims, Little said.

Little said his office expects to bring additional charges against Graham and will decide in the next day or so whether three younger suspects will be charged as adults or juveniles.

Graham is being held in lieu of $1 million bond, and the younger suspects are being held in juvenile hall under lesser bonds.

Police, meanwhile, are continuing their investigation into the fatal beating Feb. 3 of Harriet Lawyer-Duvallo, an actress who was attacked as she was walking home from a grocery store.

Police officials said the attack culminated a series of more than a dozen golf-club assaults.

A 16-year-old has been identified as a suspect in Lawyer-Duvallo’s death, but no charges have been filed in that case, authorities said. The youth is in custody for investigation in the golf-club attacks and several purse- snatchings.

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