- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - Three young transients accused of robbing and killing a man and woman days apart in Northern California filed into court Thursday amid heavy security, each shackled at the waist and legs, and once again delayed entering pleas to charges that could lead to the death penalty.

The three appeared briefly in Marin County Superior Court and were ordered to return Nov. 19 to enter pleas to first-degree murder and related charges.

They are charged with gunning down Audrey Carey, a 23-year-old Canadian backpacker who was camping in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park during a three-day music festival. Her body was found in the park Oct. 3.

Two days later, the three robbed and killed Steve Carter, a 67-year-old yoga tantra instructor, investigators said.

They were arrested Oct. 7 in Portland, Oregon, and found in possession of Carter’s car and Carey’s camping equipment, authorities said. Investigators also said they recovered the handgun used to kill both victims.

The court case has since moved slowly, due in large part to the time it took to appoint the defendants seasoned lawyers qualified to handle death penalty cases.

An attorney was formally appointed Thursday to represent Lili Alligood, 18. Lawyers previously were appointed for Sean Angold, 24, and Morrison Haze Lampley, 23.

The attorneys all declined to comment outside court.

Authorities allege Lampley was the triggerman, but all three transients are charged with murder. The Marin County district attorney’s office has not decided whether to pursue the death penalty.

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