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3 Drifters Extradited to Bay Area to Face Murder Charges

Three transients accused of using a stolen gun to rob and kill a Canadian backpacker and a tantra instructor two days apart were sent back Monday to the Bay Area from Oregon, where they were arrested.

Authorities say Sean Michael Angold, 24, Morrison Haze Lampley, 23, and Lila Scott Alligood, 18, killed backpacker Audrey Carey, 23, in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on Oct. 3. They also are accused of gunning down tantra teacher Steve Carter, 67, whose body was found Oct. 5 on a popular hiking trail in Marin County, 20 miles north of the city.

The three suspects were arrested last week at a soup kitchen in Portland, Oregon. They traveled under guard from Portland and were booked in jail Monday evening, Marin County Sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman said.

Arraignment hearings for the three defendants have been scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday morning at the Marin County Superior Court, officials said.

Marin County prosecutors announced Monday all three suspects will face enhanced murder charges which carry the potential punishment of life without the possibility of parole or death. Additional charges against the three suspects include robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle and cruelty to animals, prosecutors said.

Since the Marin County District Attorney's office received the case first, prosecutors there would try the suspects for both murders, San Francisco County DA spokesman Alex Bastian said.

It's unclear if they have attorneys who could speak on their behalf.

A San Francisco resident reported the theft of his handgun from his unlocked car parked in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood on Oct. 1, police Lt. Toney Chaplin said. The stolen gun was found during the arrest of the three suspects, Chaplin said. Lampley will face an additional charge related to the stolen weapon, according to the Marin County district attorney.

Detectives had tracked them to Portland through the navigation system of Carter's stolen car, investigators say.

Carter had driven to the hiking trail with his dog on the evening of Oct. 5. He lived nearby with friends while caring for his cancer-stricken wife. Carter was robbed, and his dog also was shot, investigators said.

The Doberman pinscher, Coco, was turned over to an animal welfare group and is expected to survive.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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