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article imageDrifters accused of two Bay Area murders plead innocent

By Nathan Salant     Nov 26, 2015 in Crime
San Rafael - Three young transients accused of robbing and killing two people in Northern California have pleaded innocent to murder charges.
Sean Michael Angold, Lila Scott Alligood and Morrison Haze Lampley entered their not guilty pleas last week in Marin County Superior Court in San Rafael, Calif., where they were held to answer murder and robbery charges in the October slayings of a woman at a San Francisco music festival and a man on a hiking trail in Marin two days later.
The three were arrested in Portland, Ore., after investigators traced them to a soup kitchen using a tracking device in hiker Steve Carter's stolen vehicle, according to the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper.
Passers-by on a fire trail in the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve in western Marin found Carter, 67, a noted yoga teacher, dead on Oct. 5 after being shot several times, still holding the leash of his Doberman pinscher.
The dog also had been shot but survived, the newspaper said.
The woman, 23-year-old Canadian backpacker Audrey Carey of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, was found dead Oct. 3 in Golden Gate Park on the second day of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.
The three suspects, who said they had no home addresses and had no identification when arrested, were using Carter's car and carrying Carey's camping gear when they were arrested, the newspaper said.
Marin County District Attorney Ed Berberian told NBC Bay Area that Lampley was the actual shooter of both victims but the other two suspects also could be convicted of murder with special circumstances as participants under state felony murder rules.
"In the course of a crime that all join as participants, they can be liable for the conduct of one, even if they didn't pull the trigger," Berberian said.
Berberian said he might seek the death penalty if the suspects, who range age from 18 to 24, are convicted.
San Rafael is around 20 miles north of San Francisco.
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