Trial under way for man accused of murdering disabled teen
PUYALLUP, Wash. -- Kimmie Daily disappeared after going for a bicycle ride in August of 2010. A week later, detectives say high school senior Tyler Savage led them to the developmentally disabled girl's body, which was hidden under her bike in blackberry bushes a block from her Puyallup home.
Now 21, Savage, who was Kimmie's former Facebook friend, is on trial for her rape and murder.
Cecil Daily counts the days since his only child was killed.
"Three years and three months," he said.
He visits his daughter's grave in Puyallup every Saturday and Sunday and said one time when there was no wind, the pinwheel he placed by her headstone started spinning.
"A sign," said Daily.
Prosecutors claim Savage coaxed the 16-year old into the brush and when she asked to leave, her choked her to death.
Kimmie's father has faced Savage before in hearings, and he faced the accused killer again during jury selection. He said he's grateful there are guards there to keep him from acting upon his instincts.
Daily is expected to be the first to take the stand Thursday after opening statements. Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist is co-counsel on the case.
Daily pushed for passage of Kimmie's Law, which expands Amber Alerts to launch earlier when people with disabilities go missing. Kimmie, who had the mental capacity of a middle schooler, was dead an hour after she disappeared.
Daily said he and lawmakers hope to revise Kimmie's Law when the legislature is back in session. He said amber alerts didn't go into effect in two instances when girls walked away from an institution. "Walked away" are the key words he wants lawmakers to reconsider. He said the girls might not have known better.