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.