SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (KTVU and wires) - The three suspects in the murder of therapist Steven Carter in Marin County and tourist Audrey Carey in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco are set to be arraigned on first-degree murder charges this Wednesday, according to authorities.
Morrison Haze Lampley, 23, Sean Michael Angold, 24, and Lila Scott Alligood, 18, will appear in court
Earlier Monday, Marin County District Attorney's Office filed first-degree murder charges against the three suspects.
The defendants also are charged with special circumstance allegations of multiple murders, lying in wait and murder while committing a robbery, Berberian said.
"Anytime someone is obviously murdered in the fashion we have here, it's something that gets everyone's attention," said Berberian.
The special circumstance allegations subject the defendants to the death penalty or life in prison without parole.
The trio also are charged with robbery, unlawful taking and being in possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property from both victims and cruelty to an animal, Berberian said.
The defendants were arrested around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday outside a dining hall in Portland, Oregon, for Carter's murder in the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve. The prisoner transport with the prisoners arrived at the San Rafael Jail shortly before 5:30 p.m. early Monday evening.
They are expected to appear in court sometime this week. It's unclear if they have retained lawyers.
Carter's body was found by a hiker just after 6 p.m. on Oct. 5, and his dog, a Doberman Pinscher named Coco, also had been shot but was still leashed to the 67-year-old therapist and yoga teacher.
Carter's missing Volkswagen Jetta was seen on surveillance video that showed three people refueling it at a Point Reyes gas station. Investigators used the car's GPS to track it to Portland.
Carey, 23, of Quebec, Canada, was found lying face down near a bison paddock in Golden Gate Park around 9 a.m. by a passerby on Oct. 3. San Francisco police were investigating that death before the Marin County slaying, and they contacted Marin County investigators because both shooting murders were in wooded or park areas.
"The connection between what happened in San Francisco and then what happens here in Marin is extremely important," said Berberian.
Authorities said the gun found with the defendants was traced back to an auto burglary that occurred between 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 and 4:45 a.m. on Oct. 1.
San Francisco police Cmdr. Toney Chaplin said the auto burglary was not reported until noon on Oct. 1, when the owner said it was taken from a lockbox that was stolen out of the vehicle.
Carter and his wife Lokita Carter founded the Lake County-based Ecstatic Living Institute in 1999 to teach tantric massage and yoga.