Army Charges Bakersfield Soldier In Fort Lewis Killings

The Army on Thursday filed murder, burglary, kidnapping and obstruction of justice charges against a Fort Lewis soldier accused of killing two other soldiers at their home and kidnapping their baby.

Authorities allege Ivette Davila, a chemical operations specialist, shot and killed Sgt. Timothy Miller and his wife, Sgt. Randi Miller, at their home near Tacoma on Saturday night.

She's accused of taking the couple's 6-month-old daughter to a home-improvement store, where investigators say she bought muriatic acid, which she poured on the bodies in an attempt to dispose of them.

If convicted of all charges, the 22-year-old from Bakersfield, Calif., could face up to the death penalty, if the Army decides, after gathering more evidence, to make this a capital murder case.

There is no timeline for making that decision, as there is in civilian courts, said Fort Lewis spokeswoman Catherine Caruso.


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