Two drifters accused of killing a tourist in San Francisco and a hiker in Marin last year will stand trial for the crimes, a judge ruled Friday.
After a week and a half of preliminary hearings, including the testimony of a third defendant who previously pleaded guilty for his role in the killings, Marin County Superior Court Judge Kelly V. Simmons ruled Friday there is enough evidence for Lila Alligood, 18, and Morrison Lampley, 23, to stand trial on multiple charges including murder, robbery and theft.
The charges stem from the deaths of 23-year-old Canadian tourist Audrey Carey, who was shot dead in Golden Gate Park on Oct. 2, 2015, and 67-year-old Steven Carter, who was fatally shot and his dog wounded on a hiking trail in Fairfax in Marin County on Oct. 5, 2015.
In addition to the nearly dozen counts Lampley faces, he is also charged with enhancements for allegedly firing the fatal shots in both murders. Alligood is also charged with murder because she is considered an accomplice in the killings, even though she did not allegedly pull the trigger in either case.
The duo also face charges of second degree robbery, vehicle theft, receiving a stolen car and a misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property. Lampley is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The third defendant, 24-year-old Sean Angold, testified during the preliminary hearing that he had only known Lampley and Alligood for a few weeks prior to the murders, and that the killings were carried out while the trio were engaged in a sleepless, methamphetamine-fueled haze.
Angold pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for cooperating with prosecutors.
Throughout the preliminary hearing both defense teams tried to paint Angold as the trio’s leader and the triggerman, pointing out that he stole the gun, held the weapon half the time and provided all three with drugs.
Alligood’s attorney, Amy Morton, said Friday that her client was part of the plan to rob the victims, but never planned to kill either victim. Alligood, who Morton said in court earlier this week was a “needle junkie” addicted to heroin, was not doing well upon hearing that she will stand trial for murder.
“She’s in a world of pain,” said Morton. “It’s hard for her to understand.”
But Deputy District Attorney Leon Kousharian painted a different picture of the alleged murder accomplice when he said that she “showed not surprise or remorse once the [Carey] killing occurred.”
Lampley’s defense lawyer David Brown said Friday the prosecution’s main witness, Angold, could not be trusted and was in fact the triggerman who not only stole the murder weapon from a car in North Beach but also provided the three drugs and has lied in the past.
“We are asking the court to consider it unreliable,” said Brown of Angold’s testimony.
Alligood and Lampley are due back in court for their arraignment on Oct. 28.