Court documents unsealed on Friday revealed why a Spokane County deputy prosecutor was placed on administrative leave in the spring.
Records showed Marriya Wright is being investigated for suspicion of 1st Degree Rendering Criminal Assistance for her relationship with convicted felon Matthew Baumrucker.
Detectives believed the pair exchanged nearly 1,300 texts while he was wanted by Spokane Police Department according to court documents. Records showed that detectives also believed she gave him a photograph of herself in a bikini while he was in jail.
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A warrant for drug possession was issued for Baumrucker in early February. He was also being investigated for an assault that occurred in March.
Officers pinged his cell phone to try to locate him according to court documents. During that time, authorities noticed he exchanged 1,280 texts with a Spokane cell phone number. The number was traced to a Marriya Esterle according to the unsealed records. Detectives stated in the records that Marriya Esterle is an alias for Marriya Wright. Records showed Wright called SPD in the past to report crimes.
Witnesses told detectives while Baumrucker was hiding from the police and that he called Wright for advice and a ride.
Security video showed a man, who investigators believe is Wright and Baumrucker in her red SUV during the time he was wanted by authorities. Records showed Wright gave Baumrucker and one of his friends a ride to a trailer in the Spokane Valley during the time he was on the run. Witnesses told detectives they heard Wright tell Baumrucker to "take care of his warrants," but they say Wright never made an attempt to turn him over to police according to court documents.
The unsealed records revealed that once Baumrucker was arrested, Spokane County Jail staff quickly became suspicious of the frequent visits by the deputy prosecutor. Documents showed she came to see him at least ten times in a one month span. She had marked the nature of the visit as "professional" in jail records which allowed them to use the attorney-client visitation rooms. Those rooms have a slot for exchanging documents.
A corrections officer noticed behavior that caused him concern after Baumrucker had visits with Wright. On one occasion, the officer noticed Baumracker had a photograph of Wrightin a bikini according to court records. The corrections officer then vacated the cell while a search warrant was being secured.
Documents stated that Wright is employed as an attorney for the Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Her duties are to prosecute criminal cases. They do not include proving legal assistance to person's accused of being prosecuted.