Savage: 'She told me she wanted me to tie something around her neck'

TACOMA, Wash. -- Accused murderer Tyler Savage took the stand in his own defense on Tuesday, claiming the death of 16-year-old Kimmie Daily was from a sex game gone wrong.

Prosecutors contend it was a murder to cover up an attempted rape.

Savage took an oath swearing to tell the truth about what happened to Daily back in August of 2010. Her body was found discarded in some bushes on Puyallup's South Hill.

"She asked me if I wanted to have sex," said Savage.

He testified he and Daily were alone in a secluded wooded area, and he claimed she was the instigator of a sex game.

"She told me she wanted me to tie something around her neck," Savage said.

Asked by his attorney how he felt about the request, Savage said, "I was uncomfortable with it."

But he said he went ahead and tied her bra and t-shirt around her neck, and he said after a while he noticed she was dead. He said he panicked because he was afraid nobody would believe his story.

"I took off the rest of her clothes and threw her and her stuff into some blackberry bushes," he said.

The story Savage told on Tuesday is completely different from he one he told detectives in a taped confession after his arrest.

"She got up," said Savage in August 2010, "and started to go and I just choked her from behind."

That's what prosecutors believe is the truth.

"And the reason you didn't want Kimmie to leave is you didn't want that 16-year old girl, that developmentally disabled girl, to go out and tell people that you tried to rape her?" said Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist in cross-examination.

Lindquist, who is arguing the case himself, sounded incredulous at Savage's claim that Daily just simply died.

"And so you're telling us that she went motionless and she died, to your mind, with no struggle and no sign of discomfort or pain, correct?" he asked.

Savage didn't appear to flinch at all through the entire line of questioning.

Wednesday is a day off for the trial, with attorneys gathering Thursday to formulate jury instructions. Closing arguments are set for Monday morning.