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 shallow grave in Damascus.  Tessier was charged with her murder.

“The maximum penalty for the offense for which Mr. Tessier stands charged is life in prison,” Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy, said.

McCarthy said there is a possibility that he will seek a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

According to an autopsy report, Wallen was shot in the head but prosecutors didn’t state Tessier’s motive. Charging documents reveal that he was engaged to another woman while dating Wallen.

“At this time point in time we have no other suspects or no other individuals at this point in time that we anticipate being charged in relationship to this homicide,” McCarthy said.

A status hearing is scheduled for Oct. 20 where prosecutors and Tessier’s attorney, Allen Wolf, will discuss matters of the trial.

Prosecutors say Wallen was 14 weeks pregnant at the time of her death but they can’t seek an additional murder charge for the fetus under Maryland’s law.

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Mitti Hicks

About Mitti Hicks

Mitti Hicks is a multimedia journalist and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She is passionate about telling stories that impact our community and may be reached at and on Twitter @mittimegan.


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