Washington state prosecutor Marriya Wright has resigned from her $83,000-a-year job after a photograph of her in a bikini was found in the cell of Matthew Baumrucker, a prisoner who supports a forehead tattoo reading “criminal.” Officials later found that she had texted or called Baumrucker over 1,200 times during a period of a little over one month.
Wright, 34, is now suspected of helping Baumrucker avoid being taken into Spokane County custody on a warrant in a felony drug case. Police were investigating an assault case and serving a warrant in the drug case when a witness said that Baumrucker had spoken with a woman named Marriya in a car at a gas station. The witness recounted how the woman allegedly told Baumrucker that he “needed to get his warrant taken care of.” Police later found surveillance footage purportedly showing Baumrucker getting into Wright’s car at the gas station. That is a problem for a prosecutor when she did not turn him in.
Police say that Wright repeatedly met with Baumrucker for two months in a jail area intended for attorney-client visits, even though he was not her client. The bikini photo was found in her cell. Wright has competed in bodybuilding contests. She is featured here as the winner of bodybuilding contests.
Her lawyer says that she could have used better judgment — something of an understatement. However, he insisted that she was trying to “put him on the straight and narrow.”