Golden Gate Park, Marin County murder defendants plead not guilty

From left, Sean Michael Angold, 24, Lila Scott Alligood, 18, and Morrison Haze Lampley, 23, were booked into the Multnomah County Jail on Murder warrants and will be arraigned on Friday, Oct. 9, in Multnomah County Court. (Courtesy Portland Police Bureau)

The trio charged with murder in the killings of a backpacker in Golden Gate Park and a hiker in Marin County pleaded not guilty to all charges Thursday morning.

Morrison Haze Lampley, 23, Sean Michael Angold, 24, and Lila Scott Alligood, 18, appeared in Marin County Superior Court before Judge Kelly Vieira Simmons.

The defendants are facing murder- and robbery-related charges in the slayings of 67-year-old Steven Carter, a Fairfax therapist whose body was found on a trail Oct. 5, and 23-year-old Audrey Carey, who was travelling the West Coast when found dead the morning of Oct. 3.

“We’re in the early stages of this tragic case,” said Deputy Public Defender David Brown, Lampley’s attorney, who asked everyone to reserve judgement on the case. “No evidence has been presented.”

Evidence will be presented during the preliminary hearing, which was scheduled Thursday for May 9. The hearing is expected to last for two weeks.

The defense team said in court there would be a lengthy review of evidence and numerous motions filed, pushing the preliminary hearing to months away.

The three defendants face charges of second degree robbery, vehicle theft, receiving a stolen vehicle and buying or receiving stolen property. The trio are also accused of animal cruelty for allegedly shooting and injuring Carter’s Doberman pinscher.

Lampley faces additional charges as the alleged shooter in both killings and for allegedly being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was previously convicted of buying or receiving a stolen vehicle in San Diego.


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