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
A military judge, Col.
accepted the guilty pleas after questioning Davila for nearly three
hours. The plea deal means Davila will be sentenced to life in prison,
but the sentencing phase of her court-martial will determine whether
she will be eligible for parole.
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
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
where she purchased muriatic acid, according to court papers. Davila
then returned to the home and poured the acid on both bodies “to get
rid of them,” court documents say.
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.
a close friend of the couple. “They were cheery, loving, kindhearted
people, and after Kassidy was born, you could see a glow.”
Members of Davila’s family are expected to speak on her behalf Tuesday.
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