The defendant, 21-year-old Skylar Nemetz, originally had been charged with first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Tarrah "Danielle" Nemetz.
TACOMA — A jury has found a former Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the killing of his wife in 2014.
The News Tribune reports (http://goo.gl/966m7d) 21-year-old Skylar Nemetz had been charged with first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Tarrah “Danielle” Nemetz.
Jurors deliberated for more than a week, choosing to go with the lesser charge that had been argued for by Nemetz’s attorneys.
Tarrah Nemetz was shot in the back of the head as she sat at a computer in the couple’s Lakewood, Pierce County, apartment.
Most Read Stories
- Give to panhandlers or don’t? Some towns try cracking down
- Check out this new drone footage of the Bertha-dug Highway 99 tunnel WATCH
- Ex-Seahawk Marshawn Lynch watches Raiders game from the stands, rides BART train after being ejected
- A chilly La Niña winter likely in Pacific Northwest, but don’t fret about drenching of last year
- Seattle startup co-founder Matt Bencke was ‘a force of nature’ | Obituary
Prosecutors said Nemetz shot her because he was upset that another man bought her liquor while he was away on a training operation. Nemetz and his attorney say the AR-15 rifle went off while he was clearing the chamber.