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Miss Davi, as she labeled this photo
Having now admitted to murder, Fort Lewis Spc. Ivette Davila today awaits word on whether she will face

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Fort Lewis Killer Ivette Davila, in 'Junior High' State of Mind, Found Bloody Evidence Against Her 'Yucky'

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Miss Davi, as she labeled this photo
Having now admitted to murder, Fort Lewis Spc. Ivette Davila today awaits word on whether she will face the death penalty for it. Her double homicide case is included in this week's SW story on the Army quintuple homicide case that preceded the similar 13-person slaughter at Fort Hood - 20 non-combat deaths in three Army shootings.

As in the Fort Hood case, where Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, is accused of the November rampage, and the Camp Liberty, Iraq, massacre, for which Sgt. John Russell, an Army psychiatric patient, faces a Fort Lewis court martial, Davila is claiming an insanity defense, of sorts.

In an Article 32 hearing at Fort Lewis that concluded this week (preliminary to a court martial), her attorneys - noting her "junior high" behavior, her description of the bloody evidence as "yucky," and her irrational acts that included going to a home supply store to buy acid to pour on her dead victims' faces - said these were not the actions of a cold-blooded killer.

According to the News Tribune, one attorney, Maj. Carol Brewer, said there were "almost no answers in the area of sanity" to aptly describe her client's mental state.

Little girl with a gun: Davila practices honor guard duties (from Photobucket)

Davila, 23, an Army chemical specialist, is charged with killing Staff Sgt. Timothy Miller and Sgt. Randi Miller in their Parkland home March 2, 2008, soaking their bodies in muriatic acid and kidnapping their 7-month-old daughter.

Her confession to a fellow soldier hours after the attack, reports the Trib's Scott Fontaine, as well as her call to the police and a second confession to a jail cellmate, paint her as someone who didn't quite comprehend what she did, Brewer argued.

"She called the police and told them she was a horrible person," Brewer said. "She believed she was going to hell. She told them she believed she was possessed and didn't believe what happened."

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Davila

To the contrary, said prosecutor Capt. Grady Leupold, "She was an extraordinarily lethal assassin who coldly, methodically and deliberately executed Staff Sgt. Miller and his wife, Sgt. Miller. They so underestimated her [friendship] that they never believed that they would end up bullet-ridden and submerged in muriatic acid in their bathtub."

Davila, being held in the Bangor brig, awaits the decision of the Article 32 investigating officer, and what charges she'll face at a court martial. Brig. Gen. Jeff Mathis, acting post commander, will review the recommendations and then decide if she'll face the death penalty. A final decision should come within a few weeks.

 
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