The murder case against Maya Millete’s husband, Larry Millete, is due back in court following a competency hearing.
In June, criminal proceedings were suspended by the court pending a mental evaluation to determine whether he was competent to stand trial.
After reviewing the psychiatrist’s report, Judge Cindy Davis deemed Larry Millete mentally competent. He is due back in court on Friday for a status conference, at which time a preliminary hearing date may be set.
Maya Millete disappeared back in January 2021 following an argument with her husband Larry Millete. He was arrested and charged with her murder on October 19, 2021.
At the time of her disappearance, Maya was employed as a civilian contract specialist with Naval Base San Diego at 32nd Street Naval Station. She lived with her husband and their three children in a home along the 2400 block of Paseo Los Gatos in Chula Vista, California.
The Disappearance of Maya Millete
39 year old Maya Millete was last seen in Chula Vista, California on January 7, 2021. She disappeared from her home following an argument with her husband.
On January 7, 2021, Maya called a divorce attorney and scheduled an appointment for the following Tuesday. Around 5:00 pm, she got into a fight with her husband and reportedly locked herself in the bedroom.
On January 8, 2021, Larry allegedly left the house early in the morning without seeing Maya. Her family grew concerned when she failed to respond in a group text message about her daughter’s upcoming planned eleventh birthday trip to Big Bear.
Soon after, her brother went to check on her at the family residence, but was told by one of his nieces that Maya had locked herself in her bedroom since the previous evening. He knocked on the door but no one answered, so he left assuming she did not want to be bothered.
On January 9, 2021, Larry and Maya’s father eventually managed to open the bedroom door but they found no signs of her. Maya Millete disappeared from her home, and has never been heard from again.
That evening Maya’s sister filed a missing persons report with the Chula Vista Police Department.
On the night of Maya Millete’s disappearance, video surveillance footage from a neighbor near her Chula Vista residence recorded eight loud bangs, over a period of twenty seconds, at approximately 8:30 pm.
The following morning, video surveillance footage captured Larry Millete at 5:58 am moving his vehicle, a black Lexus GX 460, to a spot in the garage where the back could not be seen on camera.
Larry told police he left home early that morning around 6:30 am with his four-year-old son, and that they spent all day at Solana Beach. He denied his involvement in his wife’s disappearance and stopped cooperating with the police shortly after.
On January 23, 2021, authorities conducted a search warrant at the family’s home and Larry Millete’s car. They found no signs of blood spatter inside the house nor any human blood or tissue inside his vehicle.
Husband of Maya Millete Arrested
On October 19, 2021, 40 year old Larry Millete was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife Maya Millete. He also faced a second charge of illegal possession of an assault rifle.
Authorities revealed that Larry had previously sought magic to save his failing marriage by contacting multiple “spell casters” online to make his wife fall back in love with him.
When his request didn’t work, Larry sought spells to cause Maya to suffer severe injury and make her dependable on him. He also inquired about harming a man whom he blamed for his failed marriage.
Police made the arrest based on circumstantial evidence which included Maya’s extramarital affair and her desire for a divorce, which investigators believe triggered Larry to murder her on the night of January 7, 2021.
Larry Millete was the last known person to see Maya before her disappearance, which followed an argument. One of his firearms, a .40 caliber gun, was also missing when police conducted a search warrant on the family’s home.
On October 21, 2021, Larry pleaded pleaded not guilty on charges of first-degree murder and weapons possession during his initial court appearance.