Laura Wallen

December 21, 2018 | Staff Writer

Year in Review: The Top 12 Montgomery County Stories in 2018

1. Elrich Becomes County Executive Voters roared in 2016, passing term limits on County Council members and the county executive. In 2018, the voters continued to roar. First, in the Democratic primary, voters winnowed a list of 38 candidates down to four in the council’s at-large race. Next, voters chose Marc Elrich as their party’s choice […]

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December 17, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

Poll: What is the biggest story in Montgomery County in 2018?

What do you think was the biggest story in Montgomery County in 2018? Let us know by selecting what you thought was the biggest news in the poll below. If you select “other” please leave a comment telling us what other stories you felt were important. What is the biggest story in Montgomery County in […]

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September 6, 2018 | Staff Writer

Full News Conference on Tyler Tessier

Here is the full news conference in which State’s Attorney John McCarthy talks about Tyler Tessier, who was found dead in his jail cell Thursday morning from an apparent suicide. Tessier was charged in the death of Laura Wallen, whose family also spoke at the news conference.      

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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 | 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 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 5, 2018 | Mitti Hicks

Five Things to Know for Sept. 5 in Montgomery County

Here are five things you need to know for Wednesday, Sept. 5, in Montgomery County: 1. Murder Trial Continues: Tyler Tessier, accused of killing his girlfriend Laura Wallen, will face his second day of court. 2. Emergency Preparedness Fair: The community is invited to attend the fourth annual emergency preparedness fair at the Johns Hopkins […]

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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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