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Larry Millete's Parents Sue Police Over Their Conduct Searching Family Home In Maya Millete Case

Judith and Benito Millete say their family's civil rights were violated as police conducted several searches in connection with their son Larry Millete, who has been charged with killing his missing wife Maya Millete.

By Gina Tron
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The parents of Larry Millete, who has been charged with the murder of his wife Maya Millete, are suing the local police department and city over the case.

Judith and Benito Millete filed the lawsuit last week, claiming that their civil rights were violated when officers searched their family home, Fox 5 in San Diego reports.

The 11-page lawsuit, filed against both the Chula Vista Police Department and City of Chula Vista, seeks unspecified financial damages for mental and emotional distress, pain and suffering. It alleges that officers damaged the Milletes' property during the searches and says that officers made family members sit outside while police searched the home, causing them to feel humiliated. The couple alleges that officers pointed guns at their grandchildren and that they pushed Benito, causing “shock and terror” and "severe emotional distress" on the family, according to Fox News.

The Chula Vista Police Department has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.

Larry Millete was arrested in October and charged with Maya’s presumed murder, nine months after she disappeared. She vanished in January of 2021, on the very same day that she scheduled an appointment with a divorce lawyer. She also expressed to friends that she was scared of her husband’s temper. Her body has yet to be found.

Police had filed a gun violence restraining order request against him months before he was charged with murder, claiming that he was in possession of "illegal assault weapons and unregistered firearms," posing an "extreme danger to the public in both the cities of Chula Vista and San Diego.” Guns were seized from Larry's home as a result of that request. He was charged with the illegal possession of an assault weapon.

Larry has pleaded not guilty to murder and in September claimed that Maya “voluntarily” left him and their three children. He alleged in a petition, intended to keep their three kids away from his in-laws, that she had been acting “erratically” before her disappearance. He remains in custody without bail.