Source: Seattle Times

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD — A 24-year-old Army specialist told a military judge Monday morning that she wants to plead guilty to murdering two fellow soldiers and kidnapping their baby in March 2008.

Spec. Ivette G. Davila, of Bakersfield, Calif., entered the plea Monday morning at the start of her court martial for the fatal shootings of Staff Sgt. Timothy Miller, 27, and Sgt. Randi Miller, 25, in the couple’s Parkland home. Army prosecutors have agreed to not 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. Stephen Henley, is now considering whether to accept the plea deal

Davila is alleged to have shot the couple, poured muriatic acid on their bodies and then kidnapped their then 6-month-old daughter, Kassidy who was found unharmed at a base barracks. Kassidy is being raised by her paternal grandparents in Nevada.

Authorities were led to Davila after she told a fellow soldier that 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 Fort Lewis color guard, was angry with Randi Miller because she believed the woman was having an affair with Davila’s ex-boyfriend.

Davila shot Randi Miller in the bedroom and then killed her husband while he was in the shower, court papers said. The Millers had both served as combat medics in Iraq.

After the slayings, Davila cleaned the crime scene and took the baby to Home Depot, 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.

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