Bits and pieces of currency were embedded in one of the three wounds that caused the death of Steven Carter after he was shot walking his dog on a Marin County trail last October. His dog Coco’s eye was eventually removed because of the single .40 caliber round that entered its head.
The details of Carter’s Oct. 5, 2015, killing came from testimony in Marin County Superior Court on Thursday. The preliminary hearing, which began earlier this week, will determine if Lila Alligood, 18, and Morrison Lampley, 23, will go to trial for the murders of Carter, 67, and Canadian tourist Audrey Carey, 23, who was shot in Golden Gate Park on Oct. 2, 2015.
Their co-defendant Sean Angold, 24, pleaded guilty to Carter’s murder earlier this year and is expected to testify for the prosecution.
The trio allegedly fled north after killing Carey, and then killed Carter, stole his car and fled to Oregon where they were finally captured.
At first, the two killings were not thought to be connected. But soon after Carter’s body was found, authorities linked the deaths.
Carter, whose bloody and shot-up wallet was found by two walkers near Lagunitas, was shot in the head, abdomen and thigh and died as a result of blood loss, said Marin County Sheriff’s Office Detective Heather Rock on Thursday.
Carter is believed to have been killed around 6 p.m. and was found lying on his back with his pockets turned out when another dog walker passed him. It is believed the three used money taken from Carter to buy gas, cigarettes and two bags of chips from a Point Reyes gas station as they fled to Oregon.
Carter’s Doberman was found at the scene, too, and was transported for treatment.
“Coco had a gunshot wound to her eye that came out of the left side of her head,” testified Salma Tijero, with the Marin County Sheriff Office.
Thursday’s testimony also touched on a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol that may have been the murder weapon and was stolen from a truck in San Francisco. On Oct. 7 a similar gun was found in Lampley’s possession after he was arrested in Oregon.
The first two days of the preliminary hearing has hinged on conflicting interviews Alligood gave San Francisco and Marin County investigators in Portland. That’s where she was arrested along with her boyfriend Lampley and Angold, who had Carey’s sleeping bag, passport and travel itinerary in his possession.
At first Alligood told police Angold was the shooter in both killings. But then she allegedly admitted she’d lied to protect Lampley, who she said was the triggerman.
The preliminary hearing continues Monday.