SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three young drifters suspected in the shooting death of a tantra yoga teacher in Marin County are now accused of killing a Canadian woman in San Francisco.
The three will be charged with murder in the death late last week of Audrey Carey, San Francisco police said Thursday night.
The body of the 23-year-old Quebec woman, who was on a solo backpacking trip, was found Saturday in Golden Gate Park.
The report came shortly after police in Portland, Ore., booked the three suspects on murder warrants in the death of Steve Carter.
They said 23-year-old Morrison Haze Lampley, 24-year-old Sean Michael Angold and 18-year-old Lila Scott Alligood will be arraigned Friday. The three have agreed to be extradited to California.
GPS technology helped law officers track three suspects to Portland and arrest them for the killing of the tantra yoga teacher, who was found shot to death on a scenic California hiking trail.
The drifters were arrested Thursday afternoon after they left St. Francis Dining Hall in Southeast Portland, two days after the body of Steve Carter, 67, who had been walking his dog on the trail in upscale Marin County, where he was living and caring for his cancer-stricken wife, Lokita Carter.
Detectives believe a weapon recovered during the arrest is connected with the killing.
Carter's stolen 2003 Volkswagen was tracked for the duration of the 600-mile trip using GPS technology, Marin County sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman said. Police also received dozens of tips from people saying the group looked suspicious.
The Marin County Sheriff's Office said none of the suspects has a known permanent address. Lampley had been charged in Multnomah County multiple times from 2010-12, including charges for possession of marijuana, criminal mischief and applying graffiti.
Authorities were also aided by surveillance footage from a gas station in Point Reyes, California that showed the suspects with the stolen car about a half-hour after the slaying, Pittman said.
"So many people are in possession of cameras in cars, homes, businesses," he said. "Those types of systems became crucial to the pursuit and apprehension."
Mark Reano, owner of Greenbridge Gas & Auto in Point Reyes, said authorities came to the station early Wednesday for the video.
"They grabbed it and went," said Reano, who did not see the suspects.
Authorities have not provided a motive for the attack and said it did not appear the suspects knew the victim. Pittman said it was unclear if Carter might have been targeted for his car or other belongings.
Detectives believe Carter drove to the trail near Fairfax in his car Monday evening. Another hiker found his body at about 6 p.m.
Followers credited Carter with improving their romantic relationships by teaching tantra, a philosophy of meditation, yoga and sexuality famously embraced by rock star Sting.
Stunned students and supporters mourned their beloved teacher who was shot multiple times and was still holding the leash of his wounded Doberman pinscher when he was found. The dog is expected to recover.
The Carters launched the Ecstatic Living Institute in rural Middletown, California, about 16 years ago to teach tantra to couples around the world. They held workshops nearby at the clothing-optional Harbin Hot Springs, which was destroyed last month in a wildfire.
"He was my mentor," said Greg Whitmore, 37, a firefighter who attended several weeklong retreats led by the Carters. "It was intoxicating. People wanted to be around him."
Last year, the couple turned the institute over to a former student, Logan Rose, and moved to Costa Rica in semi-retirement, teaching an occasional class. But soon after moving, Lokita was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"It has been a very traumatic season for us with Lokita's cancer, then the Valley Fire that destroyed our beloved Harbin Hot Springs," Rose said.
"This is the most devastating blow," Rose said of the homicide. "We are heartbroken."
"I am beyond devastated to face this situation while already going through intensive breast cancer treatment," Lokita wrote on a GoFundMe page that's helping raise money to pay for her medical expenses. "His senseless and shocking death is incomprehensible to all of us, and this time is the most difficult."
She asked people to put her and Steve in their prayer
Joya Petra Gallasch said Carter was responsible for adding her new first name during a training session at Harbin Hot Springs. She was depressed at the time and Carter led her to adopt the new first name of Joya, Gallasch said.
"I've always been a super joyous person," Gallasch said. "He knew intuitively that it was time to get a new name. He exuded a form of brilliance."
A hiker found Carter's body less than an hour after deputies responded to a report of shots fired and didn't see anything suspicious.
Carter's brother, Michael Carter, said he knew of no one who disliked his brother.
"I can't imagine that it's anything other than a random thing," he told the San Francisco Chronicle. "All of it seems very random and unbelievable. Nothing makes any sense."
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