A high school cheerleader from San Diego, Calif. and two others will stand trial in the savage beating death of a homeless man last year.
Hailey Sauder faces two counts of accessory after the fact because authorities allege she lied, or withheld information, about the incident when she was interviewed by sheriff’s homicide detectives, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Suder, 18, had pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go on trial this month.
Two brothers Austin Mostrong, 20, and Preston Mostrong, 19, are also set to stand trial this month, and they face charges of murder and torture in the beating of 50-year-old homeless man George Lowery near the camp he was staying at with his wife and daughter in Santee.
Lowery suffered a stroke and two brain hemorrhages as a result of the beating. His daughter Katey Torres told the Times her mother found him “brutally beaten, bloody, tied up, face down and unconscious. Covered up to die.”
“Although he did not have much, he was always giving,” she said. “Anyone he came across loved his personality and he was always talking to people. Anyone he saw that needed help or just needed a smile he’d be there lifting your spirits. If someone was in need he would do what he could to help, no matter how hard the task. If he came across good fortune, he shared it.”
Lowery was murdered in the spot he had gone fishing with his family over the years.
He died days later at a hospital. Lowery and his wife Penny had been married 25 years.
Suder was dating one of the Mostrong brothers allegedly involved in the killing, though it’s not clear which one. She was scheduled to graduate this month from Santana High School.
On Suder’s Facebook profile, which appears to have been deactivated, she once appeared holding pom poms with other cheerleaders.
A brief search on Twitter unearths a profile that appears to belong to Suder.
The account was created in 2013 and has two tweets.
If convicted, Suder faces three years and eight months in prison upon conviction, according to Fox 5 San Diego.