SAN DIEGO — The ninth day of the preliminary hearing for Larry Millete focused on technological evidence obtained through various search warrants, including emails to spellcasters and Maya, Larry’s phones locations and a recording of Maya and Larry fighting.
District Attorney Investigator James Rhoades testified Larry spent more than $1,000 on spells to make Maya fall in love with him. He said the messages to spellcasters turned violent the closer to the date was Maya was last seen, asking for the spells to incapacitate Maya, break her bones or have her get into an accident so she would depend on Larry. He testified the messages to spellcasters asking for spells against Maya stopped on January 7, 2021, the day she was last seen.
Rhoades testified investigators found spellcaster emails beginning in September 2020. He said when they served a search warrant for Larry’s email, some of the email messages were missing, indicating they may have been deleted. Rhoades said investigators retrieved the full email messages from two companies Larry had purchased spells and emailed spellcasters: Cal Astrology and Fiverr.
According to Rhoades, Larry spent $1,154.05 for 70 spells between September 2020 and January 11, 2021. Rhoades said his investigation has shown there were more than 1,700 pages of communications between Larry and spellcasters. The amount of communication between Larry and spellcasters appeared to drastically drop off after Maya was last seen.
September 2020 – 28 pages
October 2020 – 325 pages
November 2020 – 108 pages
December 2020 – 758 pages
January 1-8, 2021 – 455 pages
January 9-February 12, 2021 – 35 pages
“I would like a powerful Love Spell to Bind my wife May T. Millete to me forever. Also for her to love me unconditionally as I Love her. To keep her from hurting our family even further,” a message from Larry to a spellcaster read. “Please cast the MOST Powerful spell. You guys are my Last Hope…”
In fall of 2020, Larry had emailed a spellcaster, Lilith, with messages including the following: “Do you have any spells that can manifest to cause physical harm? “Can you give someone cancer?” “Please give her the worst nightmares she needs to be punished for her actions. She’s too much sometimes.” Larry’s messages also included a request to harm Maya and the man she had an affair with: “Please make him suffer ten fold in everything he does for his entire lifetime.”
In December 2020, a message to a spellcaster from Fiverr said in part, “Are you able to perform hexes or punishment spells?”
Larry also purchased a wanga doll, which is similar to a voodoo doll.
Then on December 17, 2020: “Is there a spell you can cast to incapacitate or make May not want to keep leaving me and my kids behind?”
Larry purchased more than two dozen hexes for Maya, then cancels the hexes after January 9, 2021 and requests they are placed on the man Maya was having an affair with.
On December 31, 2020, Larry said they were in the desert and asked for a spellcaster to make May have an accident or a broken bone. In the first few days of January 2021, Larry’s messages to spellcasters discussed that Maya was adamant about getting a divorce and he begged for more spells to be placed on Maya.
Larry had forwarded messages Maya sent to him to spellcasters on January 6, 2021, in which Maya was telling Larry that she wanted out of the marriage.
January 7, 2021 at 7:41 a.m., Larry messaged a spellcaster that Maya took her ring off.
“I’m shaking inside, ready to snap,” Larry messages a spellcaster on the afternoon of January 7, 2021 — the same day Maya was last seen alive.
There were no messages from Larry to spellcasters on January 8, 2021. The next day at 5:55 a.m., Larry messaged spellcasters to remove the hexes from Maya and put them toward the man with whom she allegedly had an affair. After January 8, 2021, there are no longer messages to spellcasters for Maya.
Two investigators testified to the social media accounts, emails, search history and whereabouts of Maya and Larry’s cell phones.
Peter Villaver, senior crime and intel analyst with the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, testified as an expert witness in cell phone analysis. He looked into the Millete’s cell phone data records from December 24, 2020 to January 8, 2021 and detailed some of Maya’s last steps through her cell phone data. He confirmed Maya had placed two phone calls to two law firms at 1:16 and 1:40 p.m. and had a call back from a law firm at 5:48 p.m. on January 7, 2021. Villaver said the last data signal on Maya’s phone was between 1:24 to 1:25 a.m. on January 8, 2021. He said this data signal was not user-generated, which can mean an application in the background may have used data. This was the last data and location ever found for Maya’s phone.
Villaver also generated the same data for Larry’s phone between January 7, 2021 and January 8, 2021. It showed Larry’s phone appeared to be at home all day on January 7, 2021. The following day, Larry’s phone called Kathy Fredericks at 6:33 a.m. The phone was still at home at that time. At 6:35 a.m., the phone appeared to be turned off and then turned back on at 6:33 p.m. The 12-hour period and Larry’s whereabouts remain in question. The defense has claimed Larry was at the beach with his son to give Maya some space at home to work.
Investigator Mathew Grindley with the San Diego District Attorney’s Office continued on the witness stand Tuesday morning. Grindley detailed items he found during search warrants of Maya’s iCloud account. It appeared Maya had been uploading images to her iCloud in the days before she disappeared that appeared to be “proof” of issues she had been having in her marriage to Larry.
Her uploads included images she had taken of another device that showed several audio files — “No More Men,” “Blessed Family life,” “Sex Drive Libido Enhancer with my husband” — and other files that appeared to be audio files of subliminal messages Larry had been playing. The uploads included images of doors that had been patched and screenshots of portfolios with investments into cryptocurrencies.
It also included screenshots of text messages between Maya and Larry. Some of them read in part, “For the record… I saw some liquid on the wall again and wiped it off…” Maya had texted Larry. She also texted him to stop the subliminal messages.
Grindley also found a video Maya had recorded of Larry getting upset with her about another man at work in October 2021. “You guys got really close to each other at your desk… and then you start feeling stuff,” Larry said. “So that’s enough for you to wish death on me?” Maya asked in the video.
Grindley also obtained emails from May’s work computer. It showed Terry Fonville, Larry’s boss, emailed Maya on January 8, 2021, to ask where Larry was because he had not shown up to work.
The last witness called to the stand in the preliminary hearing was Rhoades. He testified about the last known communication from Maya. He talked to one of Maya’s sisters, Jane Fetalvero, who received a Facebook message from Maya on January 7, 2021, at 8:15 p.m. Maya had sent Jane an ad for a toy hauler on Facebook because they were discussing about going in together to purchase a toy hauler.
Rhoades testified that during a search warrant, investigators looked into one of the Millete’s children’s computers, which had a folder called “DADDY’S FILES,” which the prosecutor said showed that Larry had used this computer. According to Rhoades, during a search warrant at the Millete home, Larry had asked for a female investigator to look through their daughter’s computer because it had sexual videos of Larry and Maya.
Rhoades also testified talking to Heather Toudle, one of Maya and Larry’s neighbors. Toudle talked with Rhoades about a recording of the Millete children playing in the backyard after 10 p.m. on January 7, 2021. Toudle also told investigators about a time in May 2021 she felt her windows rattling and went outside to find what she claimed, according to Rhoades, was Larry burning items in his firepit outside. According to Rhoades, investigators said detectives found a burned credit card in the fire pit in October 2021, but they could not identify who it belonged to.
Rhoades testified that all of the money previously in Maya’s solo account were transferred into their joint accounts and Larry’s accounts. In March and April 2020, Rhoades said there was only about $1 in Maya’s account. He said on or after January 8, 2021 there were no activity on Maya’s cards.