2h 20m | Nov 23, 2023


Officer Darrell Moore

The following is excerpted from the report of Officer Darrell Moore: Skylar told me "I need to tell someone my story." I directed the fire department personal to the apartment so they could administer medical attention. Skylar again stated, "I want to talk to you." I stared at Skylar without saying anything. Skylar went onto say that he was in Yakima for field training with the military. Skylar said he returned home to his wife. Skylar said he loves his wife more than most other men, and that his love for her was special.

Skylar stated that he returned home from Yakima and he had left his wife with his rifle for her protection when he was gone. Skylar told me that he took out the magazine, and motioned taking out the magazine. Skylar said he was making the rifle safe, and for some reason he grabbed the rifle and shook it. I watched as Skylar demonstrated grabbing what I believed to be the upper portion of the rifle with his left hand and the lower portion of the rifle with his right hand. Skylar motioned holding the rifle at an approximately 45 degree cant. Skylar said, "I just shook it and it shot her." Skylar began to make sounds as if he was crying, but I could see that he had no tears coming out. I also noticed that he had no tears during my entire contact with him.


According to neighbors, they regularly heard yelling coming from the Nemetz residence. Among the many statements initially made by Skylar Nemetz was a statement to his neighbor that his wife Danielle had shot herself while she was cleaning a rifle.

Eureka Interviews

On November 24, 2014, detectives traveled to Eureka, California, to conduct interviews. Among those interviewed was Samatha Minton, who stated that she knew Danielle most of her whole life. According to Minton, Danielle had met Skylar on the internet approximately two months before they married. Minton stated that she had observed what she thought was odd behavior between the couple. For example, when Daniella and Skylar would visit, Skylar would drop her off at the house and leave her there all day, while he visited with his friends.

Detectives also interviewed Michayla Yingling, who had known Danielle her whole life. Yingling confirmed that Danielle had met Skylar on the internet two months before they had married.

Yingling said Danielle never gave her any indication Skylar was being abusive. She knew that Skylar had broken Danielle's cell phone, but she did not know the details. Yingling said Danielle never talked negatively about Skylar, but she got the impression that Danielle was being fake. Yingling stated that Skylar would not let Danielle come to her baby shower, and that Skylar was indecisive on wanting Danielle to get a job. Skylar would tell Danielle to get a job, and when she looked for a job he would tell her she didn't need one. Yingling said Danielle just wanted someone to love her and take care of her.

Yingling said Danielle thought her new boss was attractive, and that Danielle had told her that her new boss used to be an underwear model. Yingling said she had a FaceTime session with Danielle and her boss, while they were out to dinner. Yingling was positive that Danielle would not cheat on Skylar.

Yingling said on the night Danielle died she had FaceTimed with her at approximately 1600 hours. Yingling said nothing appeared to be out the ordinary, and that at one point Danielle had pointed the phone at Skylar, who had smiled and waved to her.

According to Mikala Rippeon, Danielle's youngest sister, Danielle was always wearing long-sleeved shirts and turtleneck sweaters. Mikala remembered seeing what appeared to be fingertip bruises on Danielle's arms.

The Diary

On February 24, 2015, detectives contacted Skylar's mother, Danetta Heller, as they had obtained information that she was possibly in possession of Danielle's diary that was taken from her apartment after the homicide. The following day, Danetta confirmed that she was in possession of Danielle's diary. Danetta stated there were some pages missing from the diary, but stated that she had not removed the missing pages. Danetta stated that she had removed the diary from the apartment because it contained information that she thought would be hurtful to her son, stating that Danielle was a "busy little girl." After speaking with Skylar's attorney, Danetta ceased to cooperate, however she turned over Danielle's diary to Skylar's attorney, who turned it over to the prosecutor. Several pages had been removed. There was an entry that was about Danielle having sex with a male named Kennedy. It stated that Kennedy and Danielle used to date, that they were still having sex, and that Kennedy's current girlfriend Chloe did not know. The entry was dated 4/23/12.


Although the CVSA shown in this video is pseudoscience, the test results were "no signs of deception."

Karie Faas

On the morning of October 17, 2014, detectives were contacted by Karie Faas, who advised that she had information about the incident. According to Faas, Nemetz and Danielle had a violent relationship. Faas stated that over the two years she has known Danielle, she has seen Danielle with bruises up and down her arms. Faas stated that she thought she still had a picture of Danielle with her face swollen and bruised, and that Danielle had told her it was from a mosquito bite.

Faas went on to say that Nemetz was extremely jealous and almost possessive, and that Nemetz was extremely controlling; he would not let her go places, and he controlled who she could see and what she could wear. Faas stated that Nemetz called Danielle names – specifically, "cunt." Faas stated that Danielle was getting close to her boss from her new job, and that he had kind of hinted that he was interested romantically but Danielle just kind of blew it off. Faas stated that she warned Danielle that she was playing with fire.

Faas also stated that Danielle did not want to be friends with her boss on Facebook, because she didn't want Skylar to find out. Karie stated that Danielle was really happy that Skylar was coming home, and that she had gone out shopping and bought new underwear. Danielle stated that she had also bought Nemetz alcohol, so he would be happy when he got home. When asked, Karie stated that Nemetz is a big drinker, that he had a lot of barbecues on the weekend, and that a lot of people go to Nemetz's house to drink.

Faas also stated that she heard Nemetz had "snapped" in the field. She stated that during his training deployment he had snapped and "freaked out" on a bunch of soldiers. Faas also stated "there is no way this was an accident, he was only home for a few hours". Faas stated that she knew that Danielle's new job was going to cause problems, and that she had told Danielle to stand her ground if Skylar tried to make her quit.

Faas then stated she knew that Nemetz was upset when he left work over who had bought the alcohol for Danielle (which was actually for him). Faas stated that her husband, Anthony Faas, was the last one to see Nemetz at work and he had told Skylar that someone else had bought the alcohol. Faas stated that Danielle had a friend named Jeremy. who had just recently been stationed locally at Fort Lewis. Jeremy had spent the night a couple times with Danielle in the past three weeks. Faas stated that she had some text messages from Danielle that said "Jeremy is here, he can help you bring the kids' stuff up." Faas stated that she knows that her husband Anthony had gone through her phone, and that and he may have seen those texts and told Nemetz.

In subsequent interviews with Danielle's boss, as well as with Danielle's friend Jeremy Newton, both appeared forthright, and adamantly denied that Danielle had cheated on Skylar. Those interviews will be uploaded.

Anthony Faas

Detectives subsequently interviews Anthony Faas, the husband of Karie Faas. Anthony stated that that Nemetz was assigned to his platoon back in 2013 and they became friends right away because they were both from Northern California. He stated that they would hang out together with their wives, and that after a few months, "Dannie" told them that Nemetz would hit her. He stated that at first that didn't believe it, but that they went camping one weekend, and when they got home Dannie had sent a picture of the side of her face swollen. Anthony stated that Skylar told Dannie to say it was the result of a bug bite, however it looked like she had been hit.

Anthony said that he and his old team leader, Sam Phipps, confronted Skylar about hitting Dannie, and told him that if he ever did it again they were going to do something about it. He said that Skylar never admitted to assaulting Dannie, and that he subsequently became distant from him and Phipps. Anthony stated that Skylar was a really good dude and a good soldier, adding that Skylar was really good with guns. Anthony stated that all Skylar wanted to do was build guns.

Anthony then stated that the deployment was difficult because of new supervision and that everyone was on edge. Anthony stated that Skylar and he started to butt heads, so he pulled Skylar aside and asked him what was going on. Anthony stated that Skylar started cursing at him, and that Skylar was "freaking out" on everyone. Anthony said Skylar commented that everyone was picking on him too much. When he later met up with Skylar, Anthony stated that Skylar thanked him for buying him some alcohol. Anthony replied that he hadn't bought him any alcohol, and that some other guy had bought it for him. Anthony said that Skylar got "real mad" and that his hands were shaking.

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