Tyler Tessier Trial

September 7, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Council Committee to Hear from Jail Officials on Suicides

Montgomery County Councilmember Marc Elrich said Friday he would call for officials at the county jail to come before the council’s Public Safety Committee to ask how accused murderer Tyler Tessier could have died by suicide in his jail cell — the second jail suicide during the summer. “We have to understand how this happened. These […]

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September 6, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

For Tessier, ‘Lying Was Like Breathing’

In the 10 minutes between receiving his breakfast Thursday morning and his next check by guards, Tyler Tessier hanged himself in his jail cell. The suicide not only ended his life but also robbed Laura Wallen’s family of a guilty verdict. Wallen, of Olney, was shot in the back of the head almost exactly a […]

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September 6, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

Potential Juror in Murder Trial Reacts to Alleged Killer’s Death

Tyler Tessier, 34, the man charged with murdering his fiancé, Laura Wallen, was found dead in his jail cell at 5 a.m. Thursday morning. His death has been called an apparent suicide. “I was in utter shock,” Maria Elena Stopher said. “I thought I was going to come in and get dismissed or excused so […]

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September 6, 2018 | Staff Writer

Tessier Trial Ends Before it Begins

The trial for the murder of Laura Wallen ended this morning as news broke of Tyler Tessier’s death. The man accused of killing Wallen was found hanging in his jail cell around 5 a.m. Efforts to resuscitate Tessier were unsuccessful. Tessier was on trial for killing his pregnant girlfriend, Laura Wallen, a year ago. He […]

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September 6, 2018 | Staff Writer

Tyler Tessier Found Hanging in Cell Thursday Morning

Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation released a statement on the death of inmate Tyler Tessier who was discovered hanging in his cell Thursday morning around 4:55 a.m. Tessier, accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend, Laura Wallen, a year ago, was to return to court this morning for the third day of his trial. According […]

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September 5, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Jury Selection Continues in Tessier Trial

Jury selection is expected to be complete Thursday morning in the trial of Tyler Tessier, accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend, Laura Wallen, a year ago. On Wednesday, about 30 potential jurors walked one at a time to the judge’s bench for one-on-one questions. Static from a sound system kept their responses from being heard […]

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September 4, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Jury Selection Begins in Tessier Trial

Jury selection will continue Wednesday in the trial of Tyler Tessier, accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend, Laura Wallen a year ago. Public defender Allen Wolf has 20 strikes from the jury pool. Prosecutors have 10. Jury selection is expected to be completed Wednesday, and opening statements could begin Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. Tessier […]

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September 4, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Five Things to Know for Sept. 4 in Montgomery County

Here are five things you need to know for Tuesday, Sept. 4, in Montgomery County: 1. Back to School: Motorists take care this morning. Children will be returning to classrooms so there will be more little folks on sidewalks, more buses on the road and more parents delivering their children to school. 2. Back in […]

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August 24, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

Judge Unlikely to Allow Jurors to Visit Slain Teacher’s Burial Site

In a motions hearing ahead of the murder trial of a pregnant school teacher who went missing, and found days later in a shallow grave, prosecutors argued that the best way for jurors to link her alleged killer to the crime is by a visiting the site where her body was found. Montgomery County State’s […]

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August 23, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

Pregnant School Teacher’s Murder Suspect to Appear in Court Friday Morning

The man accused of shooting his pregnant girlfriend and burying her body in a shallow grave is expected to appear back in court Friday morning. Tyler Tessier, 34, is charged with first-degree murder of Laura Wallen. He was also charged with altering physical evidence and making false statements to a police officer. Wallen’s disappearance prompted […]

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