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Washington soldier accused of gunning down wife because another man bought her liquor

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A U.S. soldier accused of shooting his wife to death as she sat working on a computer inside their home in Washington state pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to a charge of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors said Army Specialist Skylar Nemetz, 20, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, killed his spouse in a domestic dispute after returning home from military training and confronting her about alcohol in their home that had been purchased by another man.

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Tarrah Nemetz, 19, was shot on Oct. 16 with an assault-style rifle in the back of her head inside the couple’s apartment in Lakewood, a city that lies between Seattle and Olympia, prosecutors said.

“When officers entered Mr. Nemetz’s apartment they found his wife, Tarrah Nemetz, sitting in a chair, facing a computer, with her head slumped forward and a pool of blood below her chair,” the charging documents said.

The bullet traveled through her skull and pierced the computer screen, investigators said. A neighbor who heard the gunshot called police.

Skylar Nemetz told investigators the shooting was an accident and that he was putting the rifle away when it discharged, the charging documents said.

Prosecutors said Nemetz has offered at least four accounts of what happened, reported The News Tribune, eventually telling them he “turned the selector switch from safe to fire and possibly shouldered the rifle and pulled the trigger.”

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“He stated that he did all of this while the rifle was pointed at the back of his wife’s head,” said deputy prosecutor Jared Ausserer. “He provided no reason why he did this and said that it was a stupid thing to do.”

After the shooting, instead of calling 911, investigators said Nemetz threw the gun’s magazine under a bed, hid the AR-15 in a closet, and dumped out a bottle of cinnamon whiskey.

Nemetz entered the not-guilty plea when he was arraigned in Pierce County Superior Court.

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Nemetz has been ordered held on $1 million bail. Details of his Army service record were not made public. Joint Base Lewis-McChord did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the charges.

Watch this video report posted online by KING-TV:

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(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Steve Gorman and Mohammad Zargham)


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WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.

Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.

"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."

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John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police

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John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.

It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."

While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."

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Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent

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The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.

The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.

Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.

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