JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — A 24-year-old
woman pleaded guilty Monday to killing two fellow soldiers and
kidnapping their baby in
Army prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty against Davila, in exchange for her pleas to two counts of premeditated murder and one count each of kidnapping and obstruction of justice.
A military judge, Col.
The sentencing phase, which began Monday afternoon, is scheduled to resume Tuesday morning.
Davila shot the couple, poured muriatic acid on their bodies and then kidnapped their 6-month-old daughter, Kassidy, who was found unharmed at a base barracks.
Kassidy, now nearly 3, is being raised by
Authorities were led to Davila after she told a fellow soldier she was caring for the child because she had killed the Millers, according to court documents that were originally filed in Pierce County Superior Court before the Army asserted jurisdiction over the case.
Prosecutors alleged that Davila, who had been a specialist in the I Corps and a member of the
After the slayings, Davila cleaned the crime scene and took the baby to
Davila told Henley, the military judge, that she did not kill the Millers in a "fit of rage," but instead had carefully planned out the slayings.
The night before, Davila packed a bag with clean clothes, her Glock handgun, a silencer and hollow-tipped bullets, she said during the court-martial. She said she then took a cab to the Millers' house, where she dropped her bag off while the taxi waited. When the couple didn't show up, she took the cab to a nightclub where she thought she would find them.
She had a couple of drinks, but was not intoxicated, she told the court. The couple wasn't there, however, so she called them for a ride.
She said she then went to the bathroom and shot
Davila admitted to Henley she was aware that what she was doing was wrong.
"The Millers didn't threaten me or give me cause to shoot them," she said.
During the sentencing phase of Davila's court martial, friends and relatives of the victims took the stand to testify about their loss.
They reminisced about the Millers and talked tearfully about how their lives have changed since the slayings.
"I wished I'd had the relationship they had," said Army Staff Sgt.
Members of Davila's family are expected to speak on her behalf Tuesday.
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