Maya Millete husband arrest update – Larry Millete 'withdrew large sums of money' before he was charged with murder

Maya Millete husband arrest update – Larry Millete 'withdrew large sums of money' before he was charged with murder

October 20, 2021

A MISSING woman's husband has been arrested for her murder more than 11 months after she vanished and a lawyer now says he withdrew money before he was charged.

Maya Millete's husband, Larry Millete, had been withdrawing large sums of money from the bank in the days before his arrest, which could imply he was intending to flee, Billy Little, an attorney who has been working with Maya's family, revealed.

"I hope the guy burns in hell," Little told Fox News.

Plus, San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan noted during a press conference that Larry Millete contacted "spellcasters" to try to make Maya want to stay with him.

"Larry was trying to hold on to May, and he resorted to contacting what are called 'spellcasters'. I've never had a case where that was involved," she said.

Maya Millete, 39, disappeared in California back on January 7 – the same day she scheduled a meeting with a divorce attorney for the following week.

The 39-year-old has not been seen since she vanished in Chula Vista, San Diego, and her husband has been arrested for her presumed murder.

Earlier this year, Larry was named a person of interest in the case.

Read our Maya Milette live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Jocelyn Cook

    'MY HEART BREAKS'

    People continue to respond on social media to tragic developments in the Maya Millette case.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHAT DID MAYA’S BROTHER-IN-LAW SAY? CONTINUED

    He told Fox News: "He was more of an aggressor, trying to get us involved.

    "He was trying to get us on his side, when we felt like it was a lot of lies that he was telling us."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHAT DID MAYA'S BROTHER-IN-LAW SAY?

    According to Maya's brother-in-law Richard Drouaillet – who last saw the mom-of-three during a camping trip just days before she went missing – her marriage to Larry Millete had been plagued by troubles in the past year.

    Mr Drouaillet said Larry had contacted Maya's family for help to fix their relationship during 2020.

  • Jennifer Korn

    SPELLCASTERS

    San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan explained that Larry asked spellcasters to make Maya want to stay in the relationship.

    As time went on, the requests became more concerning. "He was asking for Maya to become incapacitated, to be in an accident," to force the woman to stay, said the District Attorney.

  • Jennifer Korn

    SISTER REPORTED HER MISSING, 'NO PROOF OF LIFE,' SAYS DA

    Maya's sister called the police to report her missing. Her husband, Larry, did not.

    "There is no proof of life that Maya is alive," said District Attorney Summer Stephan.

  • Jennifer Korn

    'NINE LOUD BANGS' REPORTED

    Although unconfirmed to be gunshots, District Attorney Summer Stephan revealed that nine loud bangs were reported the night of January 7, 2021.

  • Jennifer Korn

    'WE NEED THE PUBLIC'S HELP'

    Officials do not have a target location of Maya's body.

    District Attorney Summer Stephan is urging anyone to come forward with tips about where Maya's remains might be located.

  • Jennifer Korn

    MAYA WANTED A DIVORCE

    Investigators found that starting in 2020 until January 2021, Maya wanted a divorce.

    Larry did not want the divorce. Maya tried to negotiate that they can share custody of the children, but Larry did not agree.

    The last call she made was to a divorce attorney on January 7, 2021.

    Larry was aware of her phone call, according to DA. She had set an appointment for January 12 to meet with the lawyer to carry out the divorce.

  • Jennifer Korn

    UNSEALED PORTION OF ARREST WARRANT

    The District Attorney said that while not all evidence can be released yet, there are unsealed portions of the arrest warrant.

    "It is our experience that there are people out there that often have information, but they feel uncomfortable," said District Attorney Summer Stephan.

    Stephan said she hopes the arrest of Maya's husband will encourage people to come forward.

  • Jennifer Korn

    OVER 130 TIPS REVIEWED

    The police department announced it reviewed over 130 tips from the community and around the country in Maya's case.

  • Jennifer Korn

    'BRING JUSTICE'

    "We cannot bring Maya back, but we can bring justice," said San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan.

    The DA said the law allows them to file murder charges without having a body.

  • Jennifer Korn

    MAYA'S FAMILY ATTENDS PRESS CONFERENCE

    "I pray every day that we find May, and that we bring closure to your family," said Police Chief Roxana Kennedy.

    Maya's family joined the police department for the press conference this evening, where the arrest of Maya's husband, Larry, was announced.

  • Jennifer Korn

    67 SEARCH WARRANTS WRITTEN

    The Chula Vista Police Department announced it wrote 67 search warrants in the case.

    87 individuals were also interviewed as part of the investigation.

  • Jennifer Korn

    POLICE ANNOUNCE ARREST IN MAYA MILLETE CASE

    The Chula Vista Police Department arrested Maya Millete's husband, Larry Millete, this morning for her murder.

  • Jennifer Korn

    INVESTIGATORS SEARCHING BEHIND HOME

    A recent tweet reports that investigators are searching a patch of vegetation behind Maya and Larry's home.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHEN DID EYES TURN TO LARRY? CONTINUED

    On the 5th of May, a gun violence restraining order was issued for Larry Milette. In June, the restraining order was delayed for another three months.

    Following three instances of search warrants at the couple's home, police named Larry Milette a person of interest on July 22, 2021.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHEN DID EYES TURN TO LARRY?

    In February of 2021, police claimed Larry was no longer cooperating. He reportedly hired a lawyer at the time.

    After months of searching the local areas to no avail, there was a rally outside of the Chula Vista police department on May 4th, demanding more transparency in the case.

  • Jennifer Korn

    SCENE OF ARREST

    A neighbor reportedly shot the video below, which was recorded after Larry Millete's arrest.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHEN DID MAYA GO MISSING?

    On January 10, 2021, Maya Millete was officially reported missing. She was last seen on January 7, 2021, where she spoke to her family from her home in Paseo Los Gatos in San Diego County.

    Police searched the home and vehicles on the 10th and 11th, and on the 12th, Larry Millete allegedly told officers he feared for his wife's safety.

    On January 21, 2021, Maya's family reportedly hired a private investigator. Someone in her family anonymously told Fox News that Maya allegedly told them "If anything happened to me, it would be Larry."

  • Jennifer Korn

    SWAT TEAM STORMED HOUSE

    Attorney Billy Little told Fox News he hopes Larry Millete "burns in hell."

    According to Little, who is working with Maya's family, a SWAT team made their way into the house at approximately 11.30am on Tuesday morning.

    He said Larry had been taking out "large sums of money" from the bank within the days prior to his arrest.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHAT DID MAYA'S SISTER SAY?

    Maya's sister Maricris Drouaillet previously NBC7 that her and her husband saw "a lot of arguments" between Maya and Larry on their camping trip in January.

    "We felt sometimes uncomfortable about it, too," she said.

    "But you know, we were just praying and hoping they would be able to work it out. We didn’t see this coming, you know, after that."

    During last night's press conference, she said she still wants to see her sister. "I still want her to come home to us," she said through tears.  

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHAT DID MAYA’S BROTHER-IN-LAW SAY? CONTINUED

    He told Fox News: "He was more of an aggressor, trying to get us involved.

    "He was trying to get us on his side, when we felt like it was a lot of lies that he was telling us."

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHAT DID MAYA'S BROTHER-IN-LAW SAY?

    According to Maya's brother-in-law Richard Drouaillet – who last saw the mom-of-three during a camping trip just days before she went missing – her marriage to Larry Millete had been plagued by troubles in the past year.

    Mr Drouaillet said Larry had contacted Maya's family for help to fix their relationship during 2020.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHAT HAPPENED TO MAYA MILLETE? CONTINUED

    Authorities now believe Maya was murdered by her husband, as they arrested him on October 18th, 2021.

    Maya's last phone call was on January 7th to a divorce attorney, who she scheduled to meet with days later.

    The District Attorney said her husband, Larry, was aware of her phone call to the divorce lawyer.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHAT HAPPENED TO MAYA MILLETE?

    Millete is believed to be a victim of foul play, after vanishing from her home earlier this year.

    Her and her husband Larry reportedly had an argument the day she was last seen, and she locked herself in their room and did not speak to him or her kids all day, according to him.

    Millete’s family was planning a trip to a cabin in Big Bear for Millete’s daughter’s 11th birthday but their calls to both Larry and Millete were “going directly to voicemail,” according to her sister Maricris Drouaillet.

    Her family went to her home to search for her after her phone went unanswered, demanding that Larry let them in to open the room door. 

    Drouaillet told the Daily Beast: “The room was empty. There were no signs that anyone had left the room through a window either.”

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