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.