Video: Marin County prosecutors will not seek death penalty for three drifters accused of killing hiker, tourist

 

MARIN COUNTY (KRON) — Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty for three drifters accused of killing a hiker in Marin County and a tourist in Golden Gate Park.

Morrison Lampley, Sean Angold and Lila Alligood would instead face life in prison without parole if they are convicted.

The Marin County District Attorney’s office said after reviewing the case, it was the appropriate decision.

The trio is accused of killing Audrey Carey last October.

A couple of days later, they are suspected of killing Steve Carter on a trail near Fairfax and stealing his car.

The district attorney’s office released a statement on the ruling in part:

The decision to seek death in qualifying murder cases first rests with the District Attorney under California law. In deciding whether the interests of justice speak to the use of that punishment, a review of the factors in aggravation and mitigation set out statutorily in Penal Code section 190.3 are reviewed with respect to each charged defendant. The family members of the murder victims were contacted and their input was sought and taken into consideration.

The law enforcement officers from both San Francisco and Marin were also brought into these discussions. Ultimately, the final decision rests with the District Attorney and after careful review and evaluation, the decision not to seek death was determined to be the most appropriate prosecution path based on the facts and surrounding circumstances of this particular case. The preliminary hearing for the three defendants is scheduled for May 9, 2016.

The defendants are charged with special circumstance allegations of multiple murder, lying in wait and murder while committing a robbery which made them eligible for the death penalty.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 9 in Marin County Superior Court.

Berberian said the victims’ family members were consulted and taken into consideration, and law enforcement officers from San Francisco and Marin County joined in discussions before he arrived at a decision.

The defendants were arrested Oct. 7 outside a dining hall in Portland, Oregon after Carter’s missing Volkswagen Jetta was tracked by GPS from a Point Reyes gas station to Portland.

Bay City News contributed to this report

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