- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Bail for a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier charged with killing his wife has been reduced from $1 million to $350,000.

The News Tribune reports (https://is.gd/9sSYUj ) that Pierce County Court Commissioner Meagan Foley took that action Thursday, also ordering that Skylar Nemetz be confined to base should he post bail, which hadn’t happened by Thursday evening.

Prosecutors had asked that the $1 million bail be maintained. Defense lawyer Michael Stewart asked for $250,000.

The 20-year-old soldier has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the Oct. 16 death of his wife, Tarrah “Danielle” Nemetz. The 19-year-old woman was shot in the back of the head as she sat at a computer in the couple’s Lakewood, Washington, apartment.

Prosecutors allege that Nemetz shot his wife because he was upset that another man bought her liquor while he was away on a training operation. Court records show Nemetz has given multiple accounts but says the shooting was an accident.

More than 30 relatives, friends and co-workers wrote to Foley, asking that bail be reduced.

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Information from: The News Tribune, https://www.thenewstribune.com

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