Maya Millete
May “Maya” Millete. Photo via @HelpFindMay Facebook

A Chula Vista man charged with murdering his wife, who remains missing 10 months after disappearing from their home, will remain in custody without bail, a judge ruled Thursday.

A defense attorney for Larry Millete, 40, who is accused of killing May “Maya” Millete, the mother of his three children, asked for bail to be set, telling a judge her client would be willing to wear a GPS ankle monitor and surrender his passport if released.

Bonita Martinez said Millete did not represent a danger to the community, nor was he a flight risk, given he had nine months to flee following his wife’s Jan. 7 disappearance.

Deputy District Attorney Christy Bowles alleged in court and in a written motion that Millete poses a threat to a man with whom he believed his wife was having an affair.

According to the prosecution’s motion to deny bail, the defendant asked a relative whether they could connect him with someone who could “get the other guy.”

Millete allegedly was willing to pay $20,000, and the relative believed he was “trying to find someone to possibly kill the man,” court documents state.

After his wife sought a divorce, prosecutors allege Millete tried desperately to keep her in the relationship and went as far as employing the services of “spell casters.”

At first, he hoped their magic could be used to convince his wife to stay, but later, he allegedly called for the spell casters to incapacitate her so she could not leave the home.

Bowles said that starting Jan. 9, the defendant’s “obsessive and frantic” messages to these spell casters shifted their focus to his wife’s suspected lover.

Prosecutors say Millete wanted to buy a “death spell” to target him, as well as a spell to “punish” the man’s unborn child.

“What’s clear is when he feels like he is losing control, he becomes violent,” the prosecutor argued.

Martinez said her client has “no record of any violence in his life.” She added that she’d been assured Millete’s has retained his job with the Navy, meaning the court could limit his movements from his home to work.

The defense attorney also said San Diego Superior Court Judge Maryann D’Addezio should not exclude “other hypotheses” to explain May Millete’s disappearance. The judge explained though that for purposes of setting bail, the court must assume the charges are true.

D’Addezio ordered that Millete remain held without bail given the nature of the allegations, and his prior violations of court orders. They include a gun violence restraining order served against him, and a criminal protective order prohibiting him from contacting his children.

The investigation into the alleged murder and May Millete’s whereabouts remains open.

Chula Vista police are seeking information from the public related to a missing .40-caliber handgun owned by Millete, as well as the movements of his Lexus GX460 on Jan. 8. That’s the day investigators believe he disposed of his wife’s body.

Millete is due back in court Dec. 16 for a readiness conference.

– City News Service

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