On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Tyler Tessier, 33, on one count of murder in the homicide of his pregnant girlfriend Laura Wallen,
Police arrested Tessier Sept. 13 on charges of first-degree murder, altering physical evidence and making a false statement to an officer. A court hearing is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 20 at 8:30 a.m. in the Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville.
Police found Wallen Sept. 13 in a freshly-dug grave on farmland in Damascus after she went missing over Labor Day weekend. She was found with a gunshot wound to the back of her head, according to Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, said Montgomery County Police Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti. Final autopsy results are still pending.
Police had information from local witnesses that Tessier had been frequenting the area where Wallen’s body was found in Damascus.
Wallen, a 31-year-old high school teacher from Olney, was four months pregnant at the time of her death, according to online court records.