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Defendant in Golden Gate Park killing recounts drug-fueled murders

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Morrison Lampley, left, speaks with his attorney, David Brown, during a preliminary hearing for a double-murder case in Marin County Superior Court on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. (Courtesy Paul Chinn/SF Chronicle)
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He helped tie the first victim’s legs as she begged for her life and was then shot in the head in San Francisco. He agreed to rob and kill the second victim in Marin County.

But Sean Angold, one of three drifters charged with murder for two seemingly random and remorseless acts of violence last year, said on the witness stand Tuesday at a preliminary hearing in Marin County Superior Court that he wasn’t the triggerman or the trio’s leader.

Angold’s tearful testimony in front of his former friends is the first from a direct witness and participant in the alleged violent crime spree — all of which allegedly occurred in a sleepless, methamphetamine haze.

Lila Alligood, 18, and her lover, Morrison Lampley, 23, stand charged with the murder of two people last October. Angold pleaded guilty in exchange for cooperating with prosecutors.

The first victim, believed to have been slain in Golden Gate Park on Oct. 2, 2015, was 23-year-old Canadian tourist Audrey Carey. The second victim was 67-year old Steven Carter, who was shot dead on a hiking trail in Fairfax on Oct. 5, 2015, after which the trio allegedly stole his Volkswagen and fled to Portland, where they were were finally arrested.

Angold’s testimony gave a detailed, yet at times unclear, account of how he, Alligood and Lampley met and killed Carey and then hatched a plan to rob and kill Carter.

The three — Angold testified he only knew the couple for about a week prior to the killings — met in San Francisco and soon began smoking methamphetamine, which Angold was also selling.

It was on a bench, while smoking crystal meth, where they first met Carey.

Carey said hello to the three and offered them marijuana and a beer, according to Angold, who at the time hadn’t slept for a week due to his meth high.

After grabbing pizza at a nearby 7-Eleven, in what must have seemed like a friendly gesture to Carey, Angold and his friends planned to rob Carey.

“She was foreign and possibly had money,” said Angold, who added that all three were aware of the robbery plan.

As it got dark, the four made their way into the bushes of Golden Gate Park, not far from the windmills, to find a camping site for the night.

After they settled on a site, Angold went to urinate. When he returned, Alligood had jumped on Carey and was straddling her and Lampley was helping her try to tie up Carey.

“Ms. Alligood had jumped across the circle and tackled her,” Angold testified.

Alligood had allegedly tried and failed to tie Carey’s hands with a rope that she tossed to Angold, who then tried to tie her feet.

Carey was struggling and asking what they were doing when Lampley started to strike her in the face, according to Angold. Then, Lampley pulled out a .40 caliber pistol the trio had stolen from a truck in North Beach.

“She said, ‘Don’t kill me,’ and then I heard a pop,” Angold said as he cried on the witness stand. When Angold asked Lampley what had happened, Lampley allegedly replied, “She’s dead, dude. Don’t worry about it.”

Panicked, Angold grabbed his gear and ran to the street where Lampley and Alligood soon met him. After Lampley cleaned the blood off his clothes, the three went back to Ocean Beach and searched through Carey’s pack.

Angold left the pair for a day and went to Berkeley, but soon met up with them again at Fisherman’s Wharf. But Angold wanted nothing to do with the gun.

“I really didn’t want to hold it much after that because I knew what it was used for and I really didn’t like the vibrations coming off the gun,” Angold said.

The three then made their way to the Golden Gate Bridge; Lampley and Alligood on longboards, and Angold on foot until he stole a bike that would fail him due to a flat tire. They camped in the Marin Headlands, where Angold took LSD and sold some to a few passersby.

By the next afternoon, they’d stolen another bike and gotten as far north as Fairfax. It was along a rise on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, known as Horse Hill, where the three tried and failed to hitch a ride. It was also where they found their next victim.

“We were just gonna rob someone for a vehicle,” Angold testified. “We all agreed we were gonna shoot the individual to get the car keys.”

Angold said they picked an older man because he might put up less of a fight. They followed Carter and his dog, Coco, along the path and waited. When Angold went to hide the stolen bike, shouting erupted.

“I heard, ‘What are you doing?’ and I heard a shot,” Angold said.

Once in view, Angold said he saw Lampley holding the pistol with both hands and firing “another handful of rounds. At that point it was done.”

When Angold walked past Carter’s body and his injured dog, Lampley was going through his pockets and eventually turned him over. As they headed to Carter’s car, Angold testified that “the dog cried.”

David Brown, Lampley’s defense attorney, questioned Angold on Tuesday afternoon about a fellow inmate to whom Angold allegedly confessed he was the shooter. Angold denied the confession.

The preliminary hearing is expected to continue Friday.

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