Arraignment for drifters charged in Marin hiking trail and Golden Gate Park murders postponed

Sean Michael Angold (left) Lila Scott Alligood (middle), Morrison Haze Lampley (right)

 

MARIN (KRON) — An arraignment hearing for the three transients suspected of gunning down a hiker in Marin County and a Canadian tourist in Golden Gate Park has been postponed.

Morrison Haze Lampley, 23, Sean Michael Angold, 24, and Lila Scott Alligood, 18, were in court Wednesday on murder charges, as well as, robbery, being in possession of stolen property from both murder victims plus cruelty of animal charges are alleged, according to the DA’s office.

Lampley is accused of personally firing a gun and killing yoga teacher Steve Carter, 67, on Oct. 5 in Marin County. He faces possession of a stolen firearm and also being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm charges. He was convicted on July 7 of buying or receiving a stolen vehicle in San Diego County in May.

The body of Audrey Carey, 23, was discovered in Golden Gate Park the morning of Oct. 3. She was shot once in the head, police said. Investigators believe Carey was camping in the park, which was hosting a free, three-day bluegrass festival.

They also allegedly stole possessions from Carey, a resident of Quebec, Canada, including a tent, daypack, tarp, sleeping bag, airline tickets and a passport, prosecutors said.

All three suspects appeared in court Wednesday morning with shaved heads. The Marin County Sheriff’s office asked the media not to use the most recent booking photos showing their haircut “as to not undermine the efforts of the investigators and the public,” they said in a public social media post.

San Francisco Police Commander Toney Chaplin said the same gun was used in both killings. He said the gun was reported stolen from an unlocked car parked in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood.

Authorities found the weapon when they arrested the suspects last week outside a Portland, Oregon, soup kitchen, said San Francisco Police Commander Toney Chaplin.

The three also were found in possession of Carter’s car and some of Carey’s camping gear.

Carter, a tantric yoga instructor, was found dead along a popular hiking trail in Marin County, 20 miles north of San Francisco. A hiker discovered Carter’s body on the Old Railroad Grade hiking trail north of Fairfax.

He was still clutching the leash of his dog, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office said. The dog also was shot but is expected to survive.

The Marin County district attorney added a special circumstance of multiple killings to each of the transient’s murder charges, enabling him to prosecute both shooting deaths in one trial.

Lampley has been assigned a public defense attorney, the other two defendants are waiting to be assigned a permanent attorney. All three are expected back in court on Oct. 26. Chief Deputy Public Defender David Brown said following the hearing that his office will prepare a “vigorous defense of Mr. Lampley.”

A 17-page complaint filed by prosecutors identifies Lampley as the shooter of both Carey and Carter. He has also been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly shooting Carter’s Doberman Pinscher, which was found still leashed to Carter when he was slain. The dog remains in guarded condition at an animal hospital.

 

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