An arraignment for three people charged in the torture murder of a Lakeside woman was delayed for a week so a hastily assembled defense team can develop a strategy.
Mark Lee Thompkins, 29, of San Diego; Sheryl Ann Baker, 28, of El Cajon; and Kerry Lyn Dalton, 39, of Lakeside, had been arrested Thursday and charged with murder.
Irene Melanie May, a 23-year-old mother from Lakeside, was tortured, beaten and killed in a Live Oak Springs mobile home June 26, 1988.
Investigators on the Metropolitan Homicide Task Force have determined that May was tortured with electric wires and injected with battery acid. The defendants also allegedly beat May with a metal bar and kitchen skillet before stabbing her with a screwdriver and a knife.