09/12/2014 12:39 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Washington Prosecutor Resigns Amid Allegations She Helped Convict Evade Capture


A Washington state prosecutor accused of helping a repeat convict avoid a jail cell has resigned.

Marriya Wright, 34, stepped down from her position as a Spokane County deputy prosecutor on Wednesday, KXLY reports. Wright has been suspended with pay since April after allegations emerged that she helped Matthew Baumrucker, 31, evade capture.

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Unsealed court documents claim Wright and Baumrucker, who has a tattoo on his head that says "criminal," sent 1,280 texts to a cell phone linked to Wright between Feb. 6 and March 5. He was eventually arrested on a drug warrant, but, according to KXLY, Wright allegedly tried to help him avoid police.

KXLY reports:

Police found out about the possible relationship while investigating Baumrucker in an assault. On March 3, police were trying to find Baumrucker in connection with those charges. Police say he was at an apartment with a woman who later told police Baumrucker called a woman and said, "Marriya, the police are chasing me, I am in an apartment."

Authorities also allegedly found a picture of Wright in a bikini on Baumrucker's phone.

Baumrucker has six previous convictions including perjury, assault and money laundering, according to the Spokesman-Review.

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