Another Victim Identified; Ng Sought For Lineup
SAN ANDREAS, Calif. (AP) _ Authorities have identified three of 11 bodies they say are linked to a dead survivalist whose companion may be put into a lineup for possible identification by a San Francisco shooting victim.
Calaveras County Coroner Terry Parker said Wednesday that the second body found in a shallow grave a half-mile from Leonard Lake’s mountain hideaway was that of Robin Scott Stapley, 26, a founder of the San Diego Guardian Angels.
The body of Lonnie Bond, 37, of San Diego also was stuffed in a sleeping bag and bound to Stapley’s with tape. They had been buried three to six months and were identified by fingerprints, Parker said.
Bond disappeared in May after complaining to friends that Lake was making sexual advances to Brenda O’Connor, who shared a house near Lake’s home with Bond, their 2-year-old son, Lonnie Jr., and Stapley.
The couple, their baby and Stapley, their housemate, have been missing since May.
Police have identified O’Connor as a woman who pleaded for the return of her baby in a videotape found in a bunker on Lake’s 21/2 -acre property, in the Sierra Nevada foothills about 110 miles east of San Francisco.
Charles Ng, Lake’s companion, has been named in a Calaveras County warrant charging him with the murders of O’Connor and a San Jose woman, Kathleen Allen.
Investigators say they have linked Lake to the disappearances of 22 people.
Ng, charged in Calgary, Alberta, with attempted murder, robbery and illegal use of a gun, has been asked to take part in an identification lineup, and his Canadian lawyer, Brian Devlin, said Wednesday he is considering the request.
″We want to know what the charge would be, who the witness or witnesses are and the rest of the case before we make any decision,″ Devlin said of the request from San Francisco District Attorney Paul Cummins.
Michael Burt, one of Ng’s U.S. lawyers, said he also had been asked if Ng would be willing to stand in a lineup. He has asked that the district attorney be ordered to release his files on Ng before any lineup occurs.
In highly publicized cases, a lineup can be prejudiced if a suspect’s picture has appeared in the news media, Devlin said.
The Calgary Sun reported that Richard Carrazza, who was wounded in the July 1984 fatal shooting of his roommate, Donald Guiletti, will be flown to Calgary if Ng agrees to the lineup.
Ng, 24, faces a preliminary hearing in Canada Sept. 12 on the charges stemming from an alleged shoplifting incident during which a security guard was shot in the hand at a Calgary department store on July 6.
Sheriff’s deputies found the bodies of Stapley and Bond July 9 during a search of an 80-square-mile area around Lake’s home.
During the past six weeks, investigators have found the bodies or remains of 11 people, including 45 pounds of hacked and burned bones, children’s teeth, blood-stained tools, videotapes depicting sexual assaults and Lake’s 250-page diary that allegedly details numerous crimes.
Only three of the victims have been positively identified - Bond, Stapley and Randy Jacobson, 36, of San Francisco, who disappeared in October from San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district.
Lake swallowed poison June 2 while in South San Francisco police custody following a shoplifting attempt, then lapsed into a coma and died June 6.
California authorities have been compiling evidence to justify a request to extradite Ng, a process they estimate could take at least six months.