Multnomah County Sheriff's Office photos show the three suspects who were arrested Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in Portland, Ore., in the killing of Steve Carter, a tantra yoga teacher, on a hiking trail in Marin County, Calif. From left are Sean Michael Angold, 24; Lila Scott Allgood, 19; and Morrison Haze Lampley, 23. A hiker found Carter's body on Monday. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office/Portland police via AP)

Preliminary hearing set to begin for co-defendants in SF, Marin murders

A preliminary hearing will begin Monday in Marin County Superior Court for two defendants charged with murders in Marin County and San Francisco, but it will likely be brief.

Lokita Carter, the widow of slain Lake County therapist and counselor Steve Carter, 67, is scheduled to testify before the hearing is continued until September because of scheduling issues, Marin County Deputy District Attorney Leon Kousharian said.

Lila Scott Alligood, 18, of San Rafael, and Morrison Lampley, 23, of San Francisco, are charged with the shooting murders of Carter in the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve near Fairfax on Oct. 5 and Canadian tourist Audrey Carey, 23, in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on Oct. 2.

A third defendant, Sean Angold, 24, of San Francisco, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of second-degree murder in return for a 15-years-to-life prison term and his testimony against Alligood and Lampley, the alleged shooter.

The murder charges include special circumstance allegations of committing multiple murders, lying in wait and killing during the commission of a robbery. The District Attorney’ Office is not seeking the death penalty.

Carter’s Volkswagen Jetta was missing at the open space preserve, and video from a surveillance camera showed the three defendants refueling the vehicle at a Point Reyes gas station.

Investigators tracked the car to Portland via the vehicle’s GPS system, and the three defendants were arrested in a dining hall there on Oct. 7, 2015.


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