The Killing of Danielle Nemetz: Police Interview Ben Bergmark

The following is excerpted from the report of Officer Darrell Moore, lightly edited for clarity and brevity: “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 (pictured here), indicating that his wife Danielle had shot herself while she been cleaning a rifle. That did not happen.

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 a FaceTime session 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.

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, prior to Skylar and Danielle’s relationship.


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22 thoughts on “The Killing of Danielle Nemetz: Police Interview Ben Bergmark

  1. Why TF do people not stop and say "I need a lawyer"? I wouldn't tell them the time and date….and I don't break the law…. I love the police….but there is NO way in hell I'm in an interrogation room without a lawyer.

  2. So, how much time did Skylar get? I know it wasn't life w/o parole or death but don't understand why or how that could happen. It was obvious he had intent to end her life.

  3. This is so random to upload… why not upload it the same time as other interviews or something related? I had no idea what this was about until I read the description.

  4. I like this channel but ill never understand all the police stops/encounters u guys can upload and most of the time u upload some guy speeding or some pointless goofy stops.. if u start posting the more crazy bodycam you will be not only giving ppl what they want but it will also benefit the channel and then same with interrogations ppl love them but you dont upload many good ones either… watch some top true crime channels and learn from them and you will be way better for it..

    This case was not a bad one so I’m not even just talking about this but just talking about in general

  5. For me, at least, the worst part is that this poor man did everything he could to try to help Skyler… With no idea of the horrifying truth. In my eyes, this man was a cold-blooded murderer… and for what? A bottle of alcohol?

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