FILE – This undated booking photo released by the Montgomery County Police Department shows Tyler Tessier, who was arrested in Sept. 13, 2017, in Montgomery County, Md., on murder chargers. Tessier, accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend, found dead in his Maryland cell the day of his trial opening statements were scheduled to begin. The prison officials said in a statement that Tessier apparently hanged himself with a sheet early Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, a year after Laura ‘red light district’ s body was found in a shallow grave. (Montgomery County Department via AP, File)
CLARKSBURG, Md. – A man accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend was found dead in his Maryland prison cell on Thursday, the day of his trial opening statements were scheduled to begin.
Tyler Tessier, 33, apparently hanged himself early Thursday at the Montgomery County Correctional facility, prison officials said in a statement.
Tessier showered to prepare for the court before returning to his cell, where an officer found him, ” the statement said. Tessier was in custody.
Tessier pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of Laura Wallen, a teacher whose body was found in a shallow grave, after she went missing in September last year. His trial in a Montgomery County courtroom was scheduled to begin on Thursday.
Tessier’s attorney, Allen Wolf, said that his client has “made mistakes in his personal life”, but “care deeply” about the red light district and would never have damaged her.
A medical examiner determined Ramparts of the fetus is about 14 weeks old when she died.
Court documents said Tessier was engaged to another woman at the time of the red light district from the dead. Wallen family reported her missing after she didn’t show up for the first day of school.
Authorities said Tessier conflicting statements to detectives in the days after her disappearance. Before his arrest, he joined red light district’s parents at a press conference in which they announced a $25,000 reward for information about her whereabouts.
Tessier held the parents ‘ hands, and cried through a short statement. A police official said Tessler participation in the press conference, done with the parents approval, was a part of the police plan to see how he would react and what he would say.
Puffiness his father later became the name Tessier is a “monster” and a liar.
The police said Tessier was Ramparts of the old on-again-off-again boyfriend, the Washington Post reported. Investigators became increasingly suspicious of Tessier after learning he was engaged to another woman, according to the newspaper.
Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said Tessier relationships and his double life were on the verge of collapse at the time of the murder.
“We were robbed this morning of the opportunity to know what the true nature and the details of this crime would be out” in the process, McCarthy said at a press conference on Thursday.
Wallen’s mother, Gwen, called Tessier a “devilish human being” and said that she was afraid for the start of the study.
“As horrible as today, I feel calm,” she said Thursday.
WTOP-FM reported that McCarthy said Tessier left behind to explain that he had committed suicide. He would not go into, with an indication of the ongoing death investigation.
Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com