Drifter Couple Behind Two Bay Area Killings Plead Guilty

As part of their plea deal they avoid the death penalty and waive their right to appeal. 

A young itinerant couple pleaded guilty Monday to the killings of a two people in the San Francisco Bay area.  Morrison Lampley, 24, and Lila Alligood, 19, admitted to charges of first-degree murder in the October 2015 deaths Audrey Carey, a Canadian tourist, and Steve Carter. By pleading guilty they avoid the death penalty and as part of the deal they have waived their right to appeal, as reported by NBC News.

Sean Angold, 25, pleaded guilty earlier to second-degree murder and testified against his co-defendants, and will be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison, according to Marin District Attorney Edward Berberian.

The trio of drifters met 23-year-old Audrey Carey in Golden Gate Park, who was backpacking across country. They decided to rob her and Lampley shot her in the head with a stolen gun during the robbery. The group, who Angold said was high on LSD, heroin and methamphetamaine during the week of the murders, wanted to go to Oregon to get work farming marijuana, according to The Mercury News. They decided to steal a car for the trip north, and murdered Carter, a 67-year-old sex therapist, after he crossed their path on a hiking trail in Marin County. Police caught up with them in Portland on October 7, where they were arrested, still in possession of the stolen car, Carey’s property and the murder weapon.

Lampley admitted to shooting both victims and will be sentenced to 100 years in prison. Alligood, who participated in the murders but did fire the fatal shots, will receive a 50-year sentence.  “Before these dispositions were reached there were extensive discussions with the families of the two murder victims. Both families agreed to our going forward,” said District Attorney Berberian. “One of the primary considerations for those connected to this case is this plea agreement puts finality in the tragic losses that were endured.”

[Photo: NBC Bay Area]

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