Stephanie stood by the grave being dug for her for 20 minutes. Lockett shot her, but his gun jammed. So he walked back to the truck to fix it, listening to Stephanie cry, “Oh God! Please! Please!” The three men laughed at her.
Then he returned and shot her again. But Stephanie was still breathing — so Lockett told the others to bury her anyway. She coughed as dirt was heaped on her face. She was buried alive.
Lockett warned Bornt and Hair that they’d be murdered, too, if they went to the police, then drove them back to Bornt’s house. Bornt and Hair reported the rapes, kidnapping and murder the next day. One of Lockett’s accomplices quickly confessed and brought the cops to Stephanie’s body.
These facts are not contested by Lockett, who, as he wrote in a letter from prison, “told that fool” — the district attorney — “I did shoot that bitch.”
All four adults who lived through the evening with Lockett “snitched” on him — his two co-conspirators, as well as the two victims. (For this, he strove mightily from prison to orchestrate hits on all four of them — letters that came in handy during his clemency appeal!)