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September 30, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

New Maryland Laws Taking Effect Include ‘Laura and Reid’s Law’

A new law that takes effect Tuesday in Maryland honors the late Laura Wallen, who was killed by Tyler Tessier, the father of her unborn child. The law, Laura and Reid’s Law — Wallen planned to name her son Reid — increases the sentences for crimes against women known to be pregnant. Wallen was from Olney […]

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February 21, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Murder of Pregnant Wallen Prompts Bill That Would Allow Charges When Younger Fetuses Are Killed

Laura Wallen’s September 2017 murder drew national attention. Prosecutors charged Wallen’s boyfriend, Tyler Tessier, with murdering his pregnant girlfriend but were not able to charge him for killing her unborn fetus because it was 14 weeks old. Now, 17 months later, a new bill would allow murder charges for both the victim and the fetus. […]

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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 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 11, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Family of Missing Teacher Offering a $25,000 Reward (VIDEOS)

Family and friends of a missing Olney teacher gathered at the Montgomery County Police Headquarters in Gaithersburg on Monday to ask for the public’s help with finding her. Laura Wallen, 31, is a teacher at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia and four-months pregnant. Police said the family became concerned after Wallen was a no-show […]

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