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UPDATED: Honor guard soldier pleads guilty in 2008 slaying of fellow soldiers

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Aug. 23, 2010 at 5:56 am |
August 23, 2010 1:23 pm

Spc. Ivette Davila has pleaded guilty to  premeditated murder, kidnapping and obstruction of justice in the 2008 slayings of two fellow soldiers and the kidnapping of their young daughter.

A burglary charge against Davila was dismissed.

In exchange for the pleas, the 24-year-old will no longer face a possible death sentence.

Davila reviewed the 33-page plea document this morning that outlined the allegations against her. The judge accepted her guilty plea, according to News Tribune reporter Rob Carson, who is attending today’s hearing.

The presentencing hearing for Davila begins at 1 p.m.

Davila entered the pleas this morning as her military court martial was set to begin at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Davila, who had been a member of the honor guard, had been charged with premeditated murder in the March 2008 deaths of Staff Sgt. Timothy Miller and his wife, Sgt. Randi J. Miller.

The Millers were killed in their Parkland home. Timothy Miller had been assigned to the 47th Combat Support Hospital, 62nd Medical Brigade; Randi Miller was assigned to Company C, Madigan Army Medical Center.

Their young daughter was taken from the home and later found unharmed.

Pierce County sheriff’s investigators arrested Davila shortly after the slayings. The military took over the criminal case because the victims, suspect and many witnesses were all military members.

Prosecutors have alleged Davila met up with the Millers at a Tacoma nightclub, went back to their home, shot Randi Miller twice in the head and beat her, then shot Timothy Miller four times while he showered.

Later, authorities say, Davila drove to a home-improvement store, bought muriatic acid and tried to burn both bodies in the bathtub to cover up the crime. She took the couple’s 7-month-old daughter, Kassidy, back to her barracks and confessed to a fellow soldier that she had “hurt people bad,” according to prosecutors.

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