Chula Vista man in court for allegedly killing his wife, who is still missing

The husband of a woman from Chula Vista who is still missing more than nine months after missing from her home is due in court on Thursday for murder.

Larry Millete, 40, is accused of killing May “Maya” Millete, 39, the mother of her three children, in January after filing for divorce. Mille was arrested on Tuesday and remains in detention without bail, awaiting arraignment this afternoon.

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At a press conference announcing the arrest, San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan unequivocally accused the suspect of killing his wife, but admitted that “there would be questions” about his. arrest and prosecution due to the fact that the victim’s body is still missing.

The chief county attorney said California law allows murder charges to be laid even when the victim’s body has not been found, saying “the law is so clear we can’t let anyone murder someone and gain an advantage by hiding the body in a way that we cannot get it back.

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May Millet’s sister reported her missing on January 9, two days after the last known sighting of her. Her family insisted her absence was highly suspicious, telling press teams that she would never leave her three children, aged 4, 9 and 11, or that she would miss her daughter’s birthday on purpose. eldest, a few days after the woman’s disappearance.

The motive for the alleged murder, according to the district attorney, was May Millete’s decision, “for many reasons”, to leave her husband. On January 7, she contacted a divorce lawyer to schedule a meeting to begin the dissolution proceedings, and investigators believe her husband killed her that evening, after it became clear that ‘she fully intended to end their marriage.

According to Stephan, as their marriage unraveled, Millete went so far as to hire the services of “spellcasters,” through whom he hoped magic could be used to convince his wife to stay in the relationship.

He later allegedly asked the spellcasters to neutralize his wife so that she could not leave the house, which Stephan said indicated his “murderous ideas to harm May”.

An arrest warrant affidavit filed this week indicates that Millete has started sending hundreds of emails to companies that “claim to be psychics, spirit channels and / or white light practitioners capable of “Energy work” “from May 2020. These messages are passed to daily contacts between September and January, says the document.

According to the affidavit, a message sent on December 31st read, “Can you hex her to make her hurt enough that she has to depend on me and need my help. She’s not kind to me.” only when she needs me or is sick. Thank you again. Maybe an accident or a broken bone. “

Police allege that on January 7, when his wife contacted the divorce lawyer, Millete’s emails to spellcasters indicated he was “anxious to overturn May’s decision to file for a divorce.” One message read, “I’m shaking inside about to crack”, while another said “let her know we’re meant to be together. Make her miserable without me. Make her want to sleep on the floor. same bed for all eternity. “

The affidavit alleges that Millete’s “campaign of messages asking for help in preventing May from leaving the marriage” came to a screeching halt after January 8.

At around 6 a.m., a security camera captured footage of Larry Millet supporting the couple’s black Lexus GX460 in his garage, according to Stephan, who said the camera angle could not capture “whether a body has been put in the back of the Lexus or not. “

Shortly after, the suspect left and did not return for more than 11 hours, according to Stephan, who said Millete left his cell phone at home, preventing any possibility of tracking his movements.

Later, when asked by detectives where he had been that day, he claimed he took his youngest child on an outing to Solana Beach. When asked to show investigators on a map the location he and the youngster visited, the suspect pointed to a beach in the Torrey Pines area, miles south of the area where he was said to have passed the day, according to Stephan.

Although authorities were not clear on how they believed May Millete died, Stephan said a neighbor’s security camera recorded nine loud banging noises on the night of her disappearance, just before 10 p.m. However, it could not be confirmed whether the noises on the video were gunshots.

Although a court ordered Millete to return all firearms in his possession earlier this year, one of his firearms – a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun – is still missing.

Stephan said investigators were seeking information from the public on the whereabouts of this gun, as well as the movements of the Lexus GX460 – which bears the “Maylani” license plate – on January 8, when investigators believe that he got rid of his wife’s body. .

Larry Millete has largely declined to speak to the media about his wife’s disappearance, although he spoke briefly to 10News San Diego by phone within days of her disappearance.

During the approximately 10-minute interview, he admitted that his marriage had been disrupted for about a year, said he had no idea where his wife was, said the hope that she was simply gone temporarily for a “time alone” and described herself as “really worried and shaken” by her disappearance.

In court documents from various adjoining court proceedings, including a gun violence restraining order served on Millet, he said he believed May had voluntarily left the family and was still alive. In a statement in response to GVRO, Mille wrote, “It is our continued prayer that my wife comes home.

Stephan, however, said there was no indication that May Millete was still alive, noting a complete lack of cell phone or banking activity after the night of her disappearance. The arrest warrant affidavit says that despite the international media attention the case has garnered, “there have been no credible sightings of May Millette since she was last seen on January 7, 2021.”

Stephan and Chula Vista Police Chief Roxana Kennedy said authorities remain committed to locating May’s body and urged anyone who can help report what she knows.

Kennedy said Mille’s arrest “does not mark the end of our investigation. The Chula Vista Police Department will continue to seek answers for May’s family.”

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