Laura Wallen

January 31, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Wallen Slaying Inspires Legislation in Annapolis

The killing of a pregnant Olney teacher has inspired General Assembly legislation that would make the death of the unborn child a crime. Laura Wallen was four months’ pregnant at the time of the slaying in September. Her boyfriend, Tyler Tessier, has been indicted in her death, but not in the death of Tessier’s unborn […]

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December 28, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

The Year in Crime: Gangs, Murders, Sex Assaults (Video)

Headlines for gang violence dominated 2017, with bodies found in parks and youths getting lengthy prison terms for orchestrating attacks. “In context, you have to remember that Montgomery County overall is still a very safe place to live. Our crime rate is substantially down. … When you see an aberration in violent crime in one […]

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October 20, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Tessier Trial To Begin in April

A 10-day jury trial has been scheduled for Tyler Tessier, the Montgomery County man who has been accused of shooting his pregnant girlfriend and burying her in a shallow grave outside Damascus. According to online court records, Judge Michael D. Mason will convene the trial April 9, 2018. Laura Wallen, 31, was believed missing over […]

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October 13, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Boyfriend Indicted for Pregnant Teacher’s Death (VIDEO)

Tyler Tessier was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday for the death of Laura Wallen. Wallen, 31, was a teacher at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.  Her family reported her missing and held a news conference at the Montgomery County Police Department’s headquarters in Gaithersburg. She was found dead just days later in a […]

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October 5, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Community Still Mourning Slain Teacher (PHOTOS)

There is a hole in the lives of the Wilde Lake High School community following the death of their teacher and friend. But there was a sense of reassurance Wednesday night during a memorial service at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia, where hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the life of Laura Wallen. Wallen, […]

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September 15, 2017 | Staff Writer

Top 10 for Sept. 8-14

Public Safety stories dominate the MyMCMedia Top 10 for the week including Tuesday’s guilty plea by Lloyd Lee Welch and our coverage of the Laura Wallen case. Other stories include Governor Hogan’s comments on pitching Maryland for the new Amazon headquarters, and an odd story about a naked man running around a Rockville park.

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September 15, 2017 | Staff Writer

Laura Wallen’s Autopsy Reveals Cause of Death

In a late Thursday tweet, Montgomery County police revealed the autopsy results of Laura Wallen’s slaying:

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September 14, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Father of Killed Teacher: ‘Tessier is a Monster’ (VIDEOS)

It was not the ending the Wallen family hoped for. Just three days after pleading for the public’s help to find their missing daughter, the family fought back tears describing the man who has been accused of killing her. “He is a monster and he is a liar,” said Mark Wallen, describing Tyler Tessier. Tessier, […]

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September 14, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Police File Charges Against Tessier

Online court records show Tyler Tessier, the boyfriend of slain high school teacher Laura Wallen, has been charged with first-degree murder, altering physical evidence and making false statements to a police officer. Tessier, 33, was charged Wednesday in Wallen’s death. Wallen, 31, was a teacher at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, and lived in […]

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September 13, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Missing Teacher’s Boyfriend Charged With Her Murder (VIDEO)

The boyfriend of an Olney teacher, missing nine days, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with her murder, police said Wednesday night. Tyler Tessier’s arrest follows the discovery, earlier Wednesday, of Laura Wallen’s body in a shallow grave off a quiet country road near Damascus, Police Chief Tom Manger said at a news conference. Tessier […]

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