A woman linked to a killing with alleged satanic overtones in a Palm Springs condominium will appear in court Oct. 1 for a preliminary hearing, a judge decided today.
Cara Williams-Covert, 38, of Ventura, has pleaded not guilty to first- degree murder stemming from the Nov. 13 slaying of Larry Roger Fisk, 57, of Apple Valley, who was shot after he followed Williams-Covert to a condo at 680 Ashurst Court.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge William S. Lebov set an Oct. 1 preliminary hearing date, when a judge will determine whether there is enough evidence for Williams-Covert’s case to proceed to trial. The hearing is expected to last about four hours, according to court records.
Fisk’s body was found outside a vacant condominium, shot once in the head.
Williams-Covert boyfriend, Dale Farquhar, 48, was the alleged shooter, and he was charged with first-degree murder. But in June, a jury convicted him of the lesser charge of second-degree murder.
When the trial began, prosecutors alleged he shot Fisk out of jealousy and had charged Williams-Covert as an accessory.
But after a judge allowed a journal found in the condo into evidence, prosecutors changed their theory to a murder with satanic overtones, and after Farquhar was convicted, Williams-Covert was charged with murder.
During Farquhar’s trial, Supervising Deputy District Attorney Sterling said Williams-Covert called herself a “witch” and Farquhar identified himself as a “true demon” and a “sociopath” in the journal found in the condo.
Prosecutors alleged the couple came to Palm Springs last October to write a horror script and commit mass murder.
In the script, Farquhar played a character named Dave Hatcher, a transsexual in an open relationship with a “witch” named Cat.
Williams-Covert played Cat, a meth addict who lured men to their condo for sex.
Prosecutors believe Williams-Covert was acting out the script when she allegedly lured the unsuspecting victim back to the condo to his eventual death.
Based on the journal, prosecutors alleged Williams-Covert tried to lure a man back to the condo on Halloween 2009 but failed, and that Fisk was killed on Friday the 13th.
The journal also contained lyrics handwritten by Farquhar that included “get up and kill, kill, kill,” and “an epidemic is in Palm Springs … an epidemic of mass murder.”
Farquhar’s attorney said during trial Williams-Covert was not a witch and Farquhar was not a demon, arguing that the pair were writing a fictionalized script that was not based in fact.