In the last desperate moments of Audrey Carey’s life while she was pinned down in a wooded area of Golden Gate Park with a pistol to her temple, the 23-year-old begged for her life.
And then she, for unclear reasons, seemed to give up pleading.
The Canadian tourist, shot once in the head last October, was one of two victims allegedly killed by a trio of young, drugged drifters who have since been charged with murder in a case of seemingly random, merciless violence.
“‘Please don’t shoot me. Please don’t shoot me,” said San Francisco police Sgt. Domenico Discenza, relaying what one of the defendants told him of Carey’s last words. Then, before the trigger was pulled, Carey allegedly said, “Please, just kill me.”
Discenza’s testimony Monday was part of the preliminary hearing in the case against Lila Alligood, 18, and her boyfriend Morrison Lampley, 23. The pair, along with former co-defendant 24-year-old Sean Angold — who pleaded guilty to murder in a deal with prosecutors — allegedly killed and then robbed Carey on or around Oct. 2, 2015, and then fled north to Marin County where they are accused of shooting and killing Steven Carter, 67, on a Fairfax hiking trail.
The three allegedly took Carter’s car after the slaying and made their way to Portland, where they were eventually arrested.
In Portland, the three were interviewed by a Marin County Sheriff’s Officials and inspectors from the San Francisco Police Department.
It was during these Oct. 7 and 8, 2015, interviews when Alligood reportedly told police officers about the killings.
At first, said Discenza, she said nothing, but eventually she pinned the shootings on Angold. Then, she admitted she’d lied to protect her lover, Lampley.
“She said she lied to the detective about Sean Angold shooting Mr. Carter,” said Discenza, adding that Alligood then retold in detail the killings.
Carey was not meant to die, she told Discenza. Instead, it was just supposed to be a robbery.
“Nobody was supposed to get killed,” Alligood allegedly told Discenza.
The robbery began, according to Discenza, when Alligood jumped on Carey.
“Alligood was straddling the chest area of the victim,” said Discenza. Meanwhile, the group’s leader, Lampley, held the .40 caliber pistol to Carey’s temple as the begged for her life. Angold allegedly stood behind Alligood, perhaps to tie Carey’s legs. (A rope was found around one of her legs.)
Then, according to Discenza’s retelling of the interview, Lampley allegedly pulled the trigger.
Much of the case still revolves around Alligood’s multiple stories, which she told during her first interrogations.
But little evidence, aside from Alligood’s contradictory confessions, point to which of her companions pulled the trigger in either killing.
Testimony on Monday from a state Department of Justice criminalist did elude to links, albeit tenuous ones pointing to Lampley as the triggerman.
For instance, the .40 caliber Smith & Wesson found on Lampley when he was arrested in Portland had Carey’s blood on its muzzle, said criminalist Christopher Tanforan who ran a DNA test on the substance.
But none of the other DNA found on the gun could be linked to any of the three suspects.
Yet a beanie found near the scene of Carey’s death tested positive for Lampley’s DNA as well as Alligood’s, but to a lesser degree.
Additionally, a backpack in the trio’s possession when they were arrested in Portland tested positive for Carter’s blood as well as Lampley’s and Alligood’s DNA.
Testimony in the preliminary hearing, which will determine if there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial, will continue Tuesday morning in Marin County Superior Court.
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