Tyler Tessier, the man who was charged with the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, was found dead in his jail cell Thursday morning after hanging himself, according to law enforcement officials.
Tessier, who a grand jury had indicted for first-degree murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Laura Wallen, died in his cell at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Clarksburg.
Tessier’s murder trial was supposed to begin Thursday, but Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Michael D. Mason dismissed the jury after Tessier’s death.
According to police, at 4:55 a.m. Thursday, an officer found Tessier hanging in his cell with a bedsheet tied around his neck, with the other side to the edge of his top bunk; the officer then attempted to resuscitate Tessier to no avail.
While police are investigating Tessier’s death, at this time they suspect no foul play.
Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said Wallen’s family and public were “robbed” of the opportunity for the state to prove Tessier’s guilt. McCarthy said police found notes written by Tessier in his cell, but those notes will not be released until police finish their investigation.
“There are no signs of foul play, and this case has all the apparent signs of a suicide,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy said the state planned to outline the case that Tessier was a compulsive liar who committed the premeditated murder of Wallen.
Tessier was accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend, a school teacher, in September of last year. After Wallen went missing over Labor Day Weekend, police found her body a week and a half later in a field in Damascus and charged Tessier with her murder.