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Kimmie’s alleged killer to avoid a possible death sentence

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on April 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm with 12 Comments »
April 28, 2011 3:52 pm

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said today he will not seek the death penalty for a young man accused of killing a developmentally disabled South Hill girl.

Tyler W. Savage, 18, is charged with aggravated first-degree murder in Kimberly “Kimmie” Daily’s death. Prosecutors allege Savage strangled the 16-year-old girl Aug. 17 during the course of or after raping her. They contend he lured her to a vacant lot then concealed her body after attacking her.

He’s pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail in the Pierce County Jail.

Aggravated first-degree murder is the state’s highest crime, punishable only by death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“Mr. Savage committed a horrible crime against a vulnerable victim, and we will be seeking a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole,” Lindquist said in an e-mail to The News Tribune.  “The defendant’s age – he had just turned 18 at the time of the crime – and his lack of criminal history made him an unlikely candidate for the death penalty, which is generally reserved for the worst of the worst in Washington State.”

Savage is scheduled to go to trial in September.



Leave a comment Comments → 12
  1. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Another demonstration of an incompetent judicial system!!!

  2. lovethemountains says:

    Actually not an incompetent judicial system.. A proper decision in this particular case.

  3. justin_yorbum says:

    “Rape and murder doesn’t qualify for the worst of the worst in Washington State.”

    Good to know.

  4. lovethemountains says:

    justin, other factors besides the criminal act and charges are considered in every aggravated first degree murder case. Prior to enactment of the Life Without Possibility of Parole statute I was also a very strong supporter of the death penalty in EVERY case where the circumstances legally fit with the death penalty statute. However, knowing that the death penalty is a very iffy proposition with juries, is very costly (in some cases more so than life) and drags the case out for the survivors as well as everyone else involved with the case, I support the decision as stated. Not saying I would support that decision unconditionally in every aggravated case.

  5. Soundlife says:


  6. lovethemountains says:

    Nope. Not weak….realistic.

  7. How many murderers has the county had to prosecute in the last…say 5 years. While I don’t claim to know the exact number(off hand), I am willing to bet it has been at least a dozen if not more. Of those, has the county sought death in any of them? It seems to me the county and the state feel that the lives of raping murderers are more worth preserving than the ones they took. What is Mr. Lindqust’s definition of “worst of the worst.”

  8. dllusa1056 says:

    HMMMMM!! Not only is he a murderer, a monster-but this poor girl was dev delayed, even more vulnerable. My thoughts-you kill-you be killed!!

  9. Thanks to Norm Melang and his handling of Gary Ridgeway, this State is not likely to ever try a death sentence again. Too bad. This case and the Linnik case are exactly the types of crimes that should be worthy of the states highest penalty.

  10. dster420 says:

    Well, you could call John Ladenberg,as he had no problem giving robert yates the death penality, when no one else would….

  11. nancie blume says:

    And raping & killing a mentally challenged 16yr old girl doesnt qualify him for being viewed as the worst of the worst???? MY GOD!!!! What if this was the prosecutor’s daughter this happened to? Bet he’d see it totally differently then!!!!

  12. bullman120 says:

    lindquists’ decision will save the county millions in appeals.

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