THE husband of a missing mother-of-three has been deemed fit to stand trial after being accused of her murder.
Larry Millete, 41, is said to have killed his wife Maya after he found out she was planning to divorce him.
The 39-year-old disappeared from her home in Chula Vista, San Diego on Jan. 7, 2021 — the same day she set up a meeting with a divorce lawyer for the following week.
More than 18 months after her disappearance, her body has still not been found, but police believe the mother-of-three is dead.
Millete was arrested in October last year, although he denied any involvement and claimed he believed his wife left voluntarily.
According to the San Diego County Attorney’s Office, the father murdered Maya after learning that she wanted a divorce.
Criminal proceedings against the 41-year-old are now being resumed after a psychiatrist found him fit to stand trial.
It was dropped back in June after his defense attorney, Bonita Martinez, expressed doubts about the defendant’s competence.
But San Diego Superior Court Judge Cindy Davis found Millete to be mentally competent Monday.
Maya’s sister Maracris Drouaillet said of the verdict: “This is good news today that we are finally moving forward with my sister’s case and hopefully getting some closure.”
She told NBC she will keep looking for her sibling, adding, “We’re not giving up. We will take my sister home.”
It comes after her husband’s disturbing search history was revealed as their marriage fell apart.
The Sun exclusively obtained details of the arrest warrant issued against the father, which detailed his “stalker-like behavior” towards Maya.
The statement said he monitored her movements, looked up spells to put a spell on his wife and researched poisonous plants.
Millete’s disturbing searches included “Plants You Take Never to Wake” in March 2020, followed by “Water Hemlock” in November of the same year.
Chula Vista detective Jesse Vicente wrote, “As their relationship deteriorated, Maya was not interested in a physical relationship with Larry.
“In December 2020, Larry ran a search titled ‘My wife doesn’t want me to touch her’ and then searched for ‘flunitrazepine, rohypnol and diphenhydramine.’
“These are tranquilizers and central nervous system depressants that could be used to incapacitate a person.
“According to the DEA website, flunitrazepane is the generic name for Rohypnol, which is commonly referred to as a ‘rape drug.'”
Milette had also withdrawn large sums of cash from the bank prior to his arrest, suggesting he may have been planning an escape.
The warrant claimed the 41-year-old exhibited a “desperate, frantic, unbalanced state of mind” before Maya’s disappearance.
On the night Maya went missing, audio from a neighbor’s security camera appeared to include a series of gunshots.
The couple’s children, who are now 5, 10 and 11, were reportedly sent outside to play at 10.30pm that same evening.
The couple’s young son was also chillingly pictured surrounded by Millete’s gun collection just days before the mother’s disappearance.
A gun restraining order was later issued for the father in May 2021 before he was formally named a person of interest in July.
A missing .40 caliber gun belonging to Larry remains missing.
Millete and Maya’s marriage had reportedly reached a “boiling point” when she disappeared.
The mother-of-three’s internet activities have also proved crucial in piecing together her mindset before her disappearance.
She had searched “how do I calculate child support” and “how much mortgage can I afford,” supporting the argument that she was planning to leave her spouse.
Millete reportedly emailed a spell caster and asked, “Can you hex her so that she gets hurt in a way that she has to rely on me or needs my help?
“She’s only nice to me when she needs me or [is] Sick. Thanks again. Maybe [an] Accident or fracture.”
The father of three faces life behind bars if convicted of murder and unlawful possession of an assault weapon.
Military records show that Millete served in the US Navy for five years from 2000 to 2005 as an optometrist, where he received several awards including a Pistol Sharpshooter Ribbon.
During his tenure, he had no disciplinary action.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6344396/update-maya-millete-husband-accused-murder/ Important update in the Maya Millete case after the chilling search story of the husband accused of her murder was revealed