Crime

JBLM soldier charged with killing wife has bailed out

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife was released from jail over the weekend and is on electronic home monitoring on base, court records show.

Skylar Nemetz, 20, is charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 16 shooting death of his wife, 19-year-old Tarrah “Danielle” Nemetz.

Pierce County prosecutors allege he shot his wife in the back of the head with an AR-15 rifle because he was angry that another man bought liquor for her while he was on a training mission, court records show.

The shooting occurred at the couple’s Lakewood apartment.

Nemetz has given multiple accounts of the shooting but has characterized it as an accident.

He originally was ordered jailed in lieu of $1 million bail, but Court Commissioner Meagan Foley reduced that amount to $350,000 last week on the motion of Nemetz’s defense attorney, Michael Stewart.

That decision angered many of Danielle Nemetz’s friends and relatives.

Nemetz is required to wear an electronic monitor that includes a GPS device as part of his release and is allowed to leave base only while supervised by a higher ranking solider to meet with his attorney or appear in court, records show.

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