Tantric Yoga Guru Was 'Murdered At Random By Three Young Drifters Shock In Wealthy North California Community Over Killing Of 67 Year Old Who Cared For His Cancer Stricken wife
Three drifters have been arrested in connection with the murder of a distinguished tantric-sex therapist.
Steve Carter, 67, who aimed to improve relationships with the philosophy, was shot dead while walking his Doberman along a scenic hiking trail near the Marin County, California, home where he was looking after his cancer-stricken wife Lokita.
Sean Michael Angold, 24, Morrison Haze Lampley, 23, and Llla Scott Allgood, 18, were arrested outside a community dining hall and were in possession of the victim's car.
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The body of 67-year-old Steve Carter (pictured with wife Lokita) was found by a hiker on Monday night just west of Fairfax in the San Francisco Bay Area, with his wounded Doberman still on the leash attached to his hand
Sean Michael Angold, 24, (pictured left with a skateboard) and Morrison Haze Lampley, 23, (right) have both been arrested in connection with his death
Llla Scott Allgood, 18, has also been taken into custody. She was pictured walking into a gas station after allegedly killing Carter and stealing his car
The three suspects are seen standing around Carter's stolen car on surveillance camera at a gas station
The arrests came two days after Carter's body was found in upscale Marin County, where he was living and caring for his wife.
Marin County sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman said the trio was tracked to Oregon - more than 600 miles to the north - by detectives using GPS technology in the victim's car and hundreds of tips from people who thought they looked suspicious.
Authorities were also aided by surveillance footage from a gas station in Point Reyes 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.
Marin County sheriff's Capt. Dave Augustus described the suspects as drifters. Their names were not immediately released.
'We're not even sure who these people are right now,' Pittman said.
Authorities believe Carter drove to the trail near Fairfax in his 2003 Volkswagen that was missing after the attack.
Followers credited Carter with improving their romantic relationships by teaching tantra, a philosophy of meditation, yoga and sexuality famously embraced by rock star Sting.
They are credited as being 'the most successful and consistent tantra teaching couple in the USA'.
They have released several DVDs on tantric massage, yoga for lovers and meditation.
They had recently sold their home and business, the Ecstatic Living Institute, in Lake County, and relocated to Costa Rica, where they built their dream house.
But the pair returned to California when Mrs Carter was diagnosed with breast cancer
Investigators from the Marin County Sheriff's Department evaluate the scene near where Carter's body was found in Fairfax, California
Officers stand alongside crime scene tape as they investigate Carter's slaying
Steve and Lokita Carter have released several DVDs on tantric massage, yoga for lovers and meditation, including the ones above
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 week-long 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.
The two left California recently and moved to Costa Rica, but were forced to return home when Lokita Carter 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.'
Lokita Carter didn't respond to requests for comment.
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.'
Marin County Sheriff's department personnel carry security camera photos before to a news conference announcing that they are looking for three suspects in the case
Lt. Doug Pittman of the Marin County Sheriff's office tells the media they are hunting the trio down