Trio Faces Murder Charges For Killing Canadian Backpacker, Yoga Instructor

Trio Faces Murder Charges For Killing Canadian Backpacker, Yoga Instructor
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Murder charges, leading to possible death penalty, were filed against three transients who have been accused of killing a Canadian backpacker and a yoga instructor in San Francisco.


The accused have been identified as Sean Michael Angold, Morrison Haze Lampley and Lila Scott Alligood. They executed the victims with a stolen gun, according to authorities. BBC News reports that the trio was arrested in Oregon and are being transported to California. Each of the three suspects has been charged with two counts of murder with special circumstances, including lying in wait, Marin County District Attorney, Ed Berberian, said. While they will be appearing in court sometime this week, it hasn’t been made clear whether they have retained lawyers.

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According to CTV News, the body of Audrey Carey, who had been shot once in the head, was found in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on the morning of October 3. Carey is believed to have been camping in the park during a three day bluegrass festival. The body of the second victim, Steve Carter, a tantric yoga instructor, was found two days later along a hiking trail in Marin County. The dog Carter had with him during the time of the shooting was also shot. The Doberman pinscher, Coco, was given to an animal welfare group. It is expected to survive.

The same weapon had been used in carrying out both murders, San Francisco Police Commander, Toney Chaplin, said. The weapon, which had been stolen from an unlocked car in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood, was discovered Wednesday upon the arrests of the suspects outside a soup kitchen in Portland. They also had Carter’s car and few articles of Carey’s camping gear with them.

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“We will be monitoring the prosecution and will be cooperating with the Marin County DA’s office to bring justice to these victims’ families,” San Francisco district attorney spokesman, Alex Bastian, said, as reported by Yahoo News.

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