Crime

Man convicted in stabbing death of JBLM soldier

A 30-year-old Puyallup man has been convicted of murdering a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier who came to the aid of a woman being attacked last year.

The Pierce County jury on Thursday found Chase Harrison Devyver guilty of second-degree murder, second-degree assault, first-degree robbery and attempting to elude police.

Devyver is to be sentenced May 8.

He was convicted of stabbing 38-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Woods on Jan. 19, 2014.

Prosecutors said Devyver had been arguing with his girlfriend outside their South Hill house before pulling out a knife and stabbing her. Woods, who’d been asleep inside the home, heard the woman’s screams and went to help her.

Devyver then fatally stabbed Woods before grabbing a handgun, stealing the woman’s debit card and fleeing. He later led authorities on a high-speed chase that ended when he crashed his car.

Woods was a decorated soldier and father of four. He’d served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and at the time of his death was slated to retire from the Army.

His wife, Ellen Woods, sent a letter to the court, detailing the couple’s 18-year marriage and calling Devyver a coward.

“When you killed him, you killed two people because I died along with him,” she wrote. “Every day I am alive without him is another day of my living death sentence.”

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