SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - The widow of a popular Northern California yoga teacher shot dead while walking his dog last year testified about the last time she saw her husband alive.
Lokita Carter told a judge Monday that her husband Steve Carter left their Marin County, California home at about 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 5 to take the couple's dog for a walk. He was found shot to death a few hours later near a popular hiking trail. His dog was also shot, but survived.
The widow's testimony at Marin County Superior Court occurred during a hearing scheduled to determine whether there's enough evidence for 18-year-old Lila Alligood and 23-year-old Morrison Lampley to stand trial for the murders of Carter and a Canadian backpacker shot dead in San Francisco on Oct. 3.
Carter was the only witness on Monday.
As Carter testified, one of the accused killers, Lila Alligood, seemed to choke back tears.
"This is a period of intense sobriety. And she is coming to grips. She is trying to come to grips. Today was very, very sad," said Alligood's attorney Amy Morton.
A friend of Steve Carter said this is a sad time for everyone.
"[Carter] would want those kids to have a great life. One man is gone. Their lives are probably over. It's not what he was about," said Steve Wismer outside court.
For the fist time in the high-profile case, a judge allowed still photographs of Alligood and co-defendant Morrison Lampley.
The hearing was continued until Sept. 19.