Felisa Cardona of San Bernardino County Sun reports that a pair of friends carried butcher knives and sang a song by the "death metal" band SLIPKNOT as they lured their friend to his death, police say.
Prosecutors say Jason Lamar Harris, 20, and his 16-year-old friend, Amber Rose Riley, talked about killing Terry Ray Taylor for months.
Taylor, 22, of San Bernardino, was found dead under a large pepper tree in Perris Hill Park on April 24.
Detectives said they counted more than 20 stab wounds all over Taylor's body. His throat was slashed, they said.
San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith ruled on June 26 that there was enough evidence to hold Riley and Harris for trial on murder charges.
Riley was charged as an adult under Proposition 21, a law that allows teenagers 14 and older to be tried and sentenced as adults for murder.
Police detectives testified that Riley and Harris told them they were listening to a SLIPKNOT CD before and after they killed Taylor.
The lyrics that the detectives describe match those from SLIPKNOT's song "Disasterpiece".
The three walked up a hill in the park and sat under a tree. Riley was in front of Taylor and Harris sat behind him, San Bernardino police Detective John Munoz said.
Riley motioned to Harris to start stabbing Taylor, Munoz said.
"He had the knife in his lap, placed it around the victim's neck and began to struggle with him," Munoz said.
Then Riley started stabbing Taylor, Munoz said.
Harris reportedly told Munoz that he plunged the knife three times into Taylor's side.
"Mr. Harris was anxious," Munoz said of his interview with Harris. "He wanted to tell me what happened. He indicated to me that he wanted to tell the truth."
Riley reportedly told San Bernardino police Detective Michael Vasilis that she stabbed Taylor at least three times in the lower back, but she wasn't sure if he was alive or dead when she stabbed him.
"She said she heard gurgling sounds and a gasping sound coming from the wounds," Vasilis said. "She said she stabbed him slowly in the back." Read more.