Murder-conspiracy alleged against each defendant
The Baltimore Sun, Oct. 23, 2002
By Sheridan Lyons

Reputed cult leader

Prosecutors had sought to try Caruthers, Pearl and suspects Dashielle Lashra and Dulsa Naedek together.

Each is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and soliciting for murder.

Bernstein and lawyers for the other suspects argued that the right to a fair trial outweighed the expediency of a combined trial.

The four have different and, at times, opposing defenses.

Caruthers and Pearl have filed motions that they be declared not criminally responsible by reason of insanity, motions that have delayed the case.

Caruthers, 57, of the 500 block Scott Drive, Westminster, is an artist, author and inventor who has been described as the space-alien leader of

All four defendants have been held since Oct. 3 on $1 million bail each at the Carroll County Detention Center.

A fifth suspect, Amy C. Dardick, 40, was released on a lesser amount of bail and allowed to leave the state for deprogramming treatment.

The combined trial had been scheduled for May.

No new trial dates were set.

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