From left, Sean Michael Angold, 24, Lila Scott Alligood, 18, and Morrison Haze Lampley, 23. (Courtesy Portland Police Bureau)

Informal gag order issued in case of Marin County, Golden Gate Park slayings

SAN RAFAEL —  An informal gag order was issued in Marin County Superior Court Monday morning in the case of a trio accused in the recent killings of a Canadian woman in Golden Gate Park and a hiker in Marin County.

A formal ruling on a gag order request will be made Thursday. A gag order would bar all lawyers from speaking to the press about the case. Until Thursday, all attorneys in the case have agreed informally not to speak to the press.

“It’s basically a gag order request,” Marin Superior Court Judge Kelly Vieira Simmons said when she received the deputy public defender’s request to bar attorneys from speaking to the press.

“So, you want it to be an informal gag order,” Simmons said. “It’s a gentleman’s agreement.”

What followed was an agreement by all the lawyers in the case to stay silent until Simmons rules on the gag order request.

The three defendants — Morrison Haze Lampley, 23, Sean Michael Angold, 24, and Lila Scott Alligood, 18, who all face first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Audrey Carey and Steve Carter — appeared in court Monday for their arraignment, which was postponed again until Thursday.

The hearing was moved in part because Alligood’s attorney was unable to appear in court Monday.

The three defendants did not speak during the brief hearing and kept their heads down. They have been in custody since Oct. 9.

Carey, 23, was found shot in the head in a wooded area of Golden Gate Park during the early morning hours of Oct. 3 after attending the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. She is believed to have been camping in the park while on a backpacking trip from her native Quebec, Canada.

Two days later, Carter, 67, was found dead on a hiking trail west of Fairfax in Marin County. The yoga instructor had been shot multiple times and his car was stolen. His dog had also been shot but was not killed.

The suspects are believed to have used a pistol stolen from a car in the area of Fisherman’s Wharf in both homicides.

In addition to murder, the suspects are accused of charges related to robbery, vehicle theft, possessing a stolen vehicle and stolen property and animal cruelty, the District Attorney’s Office said.

Lampley also faces charges for possession of a stolen firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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