Richland man accused of killing ex-girlfriend told to not contact her parents

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldOctober 10, 2013 

A Richland man charged with fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend 30 times was told Thursday he is to have no contact with her parents.

Deputy Prosecutor Terry Bloor told the court that even though Lawrence A. Miller is behind bars, he's expected to abide by the order while the case is pending.

"He's not to send letters or make attempts to contact (Rebeca Vandeventer's parents)," Bloor said.

A no-contact order previously was issued for Vandeventer's three young children.

Miller, 34, has a Nov. 4 trial date in Benton County Superior Court for second-degree murder with domestic violence.

The charge includes four aggravating circumstances: deliberate cruelty, aggravated domestic violence, a destructive and foreseeable impact on others, and excessive injuries.

However, Miller likely won't face a jury in a month because the defense wants to have him evaluated for sanity and diminished capacity.

Attorney Alexandria Sheridan said they need numerous documents for that and are working on getting it done.

Also Thursday, Sheridan said the Benton & Franklin Counties Office of Public Defense gave her clearance to have co-counsel given the nature of the allegations against Miller.

Judge Vic VanderSchoor, who's been assigned to the case, agreed to appoint Scott Johnson to the defense.

Miller allegedly killed Vandeventer, 32, on Sept. 11 because he was upset she wouldn't stop seeing another man.

They reportedly shared the Dos Palos Court apartment, even though they recently had broken up.

Less than three weeks before she was killed, Vandeventer filed an order of protection against Miller after he gave her a concussion during a fight. She then fled to a domestic violence shelter, court documents show.

Vandeventer said Miller had physically and verbally abused her and her children since 2011, documents said.

The protection order was dismissed Sept. 6 after she failed to appear at a court hearing.

Miller turned himself in to Richland police shortly after the stabbing.

Meanwhile, officers were at the couple's apartment after Vandeventer's children -- ages 2, 4 and 8 -- went to a neighbor's place and said their mother was dead. The oldest child reportedly saw some of the attack on his mother.

The children are from Vandeventer's previous marriage. They were not injured in the attack.

The autopsy showed Vandeventer bled to death from about 30 stab wounds to her torso and back, according to Benton County Coroner John Hansens. She also had bruises around her throat, neck and other areas of her body.

Investigators believe Miller used a 4- to 6-inch knife from a kitchen drawer.

Miller is in the Benton County jail on $250,000 bail.

w Kristin M. Kraemer: 582-1531; kkraemer@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer

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