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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 with 8 Comments »
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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  1. carollie says:

    Please re-read the second paragraph and your last sentence.

  2. readingthelatest says:

    Yeah, when the evidence clearly shows guilt, I do not understand why prosecutors deem it necessary to plea bargain down from death. It reminds me a lot of the Wal-Mart killing. They had that creep on video and still let him live. Stupid!!

  3. When will the editorial staff at this newspaper realize the past tense of “plead” is “pled”.

    Not Pleaded.

    English 101, people.

  4. Kate McEntee says:

    Hi YeeHaw,

    The Associated Press Stylebook states:

    “plead, pleaded, pleading: Do not use the colloquial past tense form, pled.”

    Just wanted to let you know. Thanks for commenting.

    Kate McEntee
    Home page editor

  5. buttmanroad says:

    Anyways. This is such a Sick thing to have done. Yet as in the Civilian world not all Soldiers are bad. Im thinking theres more to the story but I guess we will never know and mabey thats good.

  6. Thinkn_do says:

    Why do we continue to waste money on lives that are but a waste themselves?

    Send out the message already, and maybe we can curtail many of these senseless murders.

    We need to let the people know that the courts, both civilian and military mean business. That the people are tired of these senseless murders and wasting of our tax dollars so they can have a free ride; after destroying the lives of others.

    What sort of justice is this we practice here?
    Kill someone and live off the backs of those that work!

    We are one messed up society . . . . . : (

  7. dankuykendall says:

    Davila is a female and as such I doubt she was ever in any real danger of the death penalty. I believe she would have gotten the same life sentence as she will probably receive.

  8. reaper14all says:

    On the TV news she pled the way she did because she thi ks she will serve a little time then get paroled. If I was the victims’ families I’d be waiting at the prison gate when she came out and deal her the justiced she deserves. Like I have said before you can knock some of the Saudi justice but in this case a beheading would be appropiate don’t you think?

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