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Prosecutors consider additional charges in Wallen murder

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wallenLaura Elizabeth Wallen   FILE PHOTO  

Prosecutors in the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office are determining whether a 33-year-old Damascus man charged with killing his girlfriend Labor Day weekend can also be charged with killing the woman’s unborn child.

Olney resident Laura Elizabeth Wallen, 31, was four months pregnant when she was killed, family members said.   The Damascus man accused of her murder, Tyler Tessier, 33, is believed to be the father.

Montgomery County Police charged Tessier Sept. 13 with the first-degree murder of Wallen. If Tessier is found guilty, he could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. However, the Montgomery County state prosecutor's office has not ruled out requesting a sentence that would allow for consideration of parole. 

"We have not made that decision yet," Korionoff said. 

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Missing Olney woman found dead, boyfriend charged with her murder

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wallenPolice have found the body of Laura Wallen, who had gone missing over the Labor Day weekend, in a shallow grave in Damascus. COURTESY PHOTO   

UPDATED 9/13/2017 AT 8:55 P.M. — Laura Elizabeth Wallen, 31, of Olney, has been found dead, and her boyfriend has been arrested in connection with her murder.

Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger held a press conference at Police Headquarters to announce that Wallen’s body was found by police in a shallow grave on a plot of land on Prices Distillery Road in Damascus. Today at 5:30 p.m., police arrested Wallen’s boyfriend, Tyler Tessier, on the charge of first-degree murder and other related charges.

Police had information from local witnesses that Tessier had been frequenting the area where Wallen’s body was found in Damascus.

The last text communication that came in from Wallen's cellphone was to family members on Monday, Sept. 4 around 9:00 a.m. 

"It was troubling enough for family to call police," County Police Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti said.

Police now believe that text on Monday morning was from Tessier, using Wallen’s cellphone and attempting to impersonate her. Police believe she was killed on Sunday, Sept. 3, according to Chief Manger.

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State seeks life in prison for Tordil

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Eulalio-Tordil-MCPEulalio Tordil. FILE PHOTO  

The state’s attorney for Montgomery County said he plans to seek life in prison without parole for Eulalio Tordil, who is charged with the murder of one person at Montgomery Mall and another in Aspen Hill.

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Five arrested in Gaithersburg murder

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Montgomery County police arrested five people in connection with the murder of 22-year-old New Jersey man Jordy Mejia, which police believe is gang-related.

Police charged Neris Moreno, 19 years old of West New York; Nj; Jackelin Leiba-Esperanza, 16 of Brentwood, Maryland; Reynaldo A Granados-Vasquez, 21, of Gaithersburg; Jose Israel Melendez-Rivera, 18 of Montgomery Village; and Katerine Solorzano-Aparicio, 17, of Hyattsville with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

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Silver Spring man held on charge of attempted murder of pregnant woman

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ROCKVILLE – A Silver Spring man is being held on a $5 million bond for the attempted murder of a pregnant woman who claims that he is the father of her child. The baby’s survival remains uncertain.

According to police reports, 18-year-old Dakota Brothers allegedly strangled and stabbed 19-year-old Samuela Wolfe, who was six months pregnant; he assaulted Wolfe after having sex with her in a wooded pathway behind 3015 Upton Street in Kensington the afternoon of August 31.

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