JBLM soldier accused of killing his wife returns to jail

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier accused of killing his wife is back in jail after a Pierce County court commissioner raised his bail at the request of prosecutors.

Court Commissioner Meagan Foley on Tuesday increased Skylar Nemetz’s bail to $750,000 from $350,000. Nemetz, who’d been out of custody since posting the $350,000 bail in October, was taken into custody.

The 20-year-old soldier is charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 17 death of Tarrah “Danielle” Nemetz, who was shot in the back of the head as she sat at the computer in the couple’s apartment.

Nemetz has pleaded not guilty and called the shooting an accident.

Deputy prosecutor Jared Ausserer said Tuesday he requested the increased bail amount after learning Nemetz soon might be discharged from the Army and that military officials were not prepared to monitor him in whatever time he remains in the service.

Foley had ordered Nemetz confined to JBLM as an original condition of his release from jail.

Defense attorney Michael Stewart argued that his client had complied with all court orders since his release and should not be punished simply because the Army has decided to discharge him.

Foley agreed with Ausserer.