Authorities in California said a high school cheerleader was arrested in the deadly beating of a homeless man Thursday.
Hailey Suder, 18, pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of being an accessory after the fact, Tanya Sierra, spokeswoman for the San Diego County district attorney’s office, told the Los Angeles Times.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported last week that Suder is the girlfriend of one of the two brothers who are charged with killing George Lowery. However, it’s unclear what role she played in the man’s death of which brother she was dating.
According to the LA Times, Suder was a senior and cheerleader at Santana High School. Catherine Martin, spokeswoman for the Grossmont Union High School District, told the paper that she didn’t graduate with her class last month.
Deputy District Attorney George Modlin has said that brothers Austin Mostrong, 20, and Preston Mostrong, 19, have admitted involvement in the death of the 50-year-old Lowery.
Lowery’s wife found him unconscious on April 24 at the bottom of a river bed near their camp, San Diego authorities said. Lowery suffered severe head trauma after being kicked and punched in the head several times.
He was taken to the hospital where he died days later.
San Diego sheriff’s investigators believe that Lowery was tortured during the attack.
Katey Torres, Lowery’s daughter, told the LA Times that her father was a generous man who suffered a stroke and two brain hemorrhages due to the beating.
“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.”
According to Fox 5 San Diego, Suder was ordered held on $100,000 bail and faces three years and eight months in prison if convicted.
Suder has a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 5.