The Texas woman accused of abducting her “best friend” in an alleged baby-stealing plot has also been charged in connection with her strangling death, prosecutors announced this week.
Magen Rose Fieramusca, 34, has been indicted on charges of capital murder and kidnapping in connection to the death of Heidi Broussard, 33, the Travis County District Attorney’s office said in a Tuesday statement.
Broussard’s body was discovered in mid-December inside the trunk of a car at Fieramusca’s home near Houston.
An indictment released Tuesday indicates that Fieramusca killed her by “ligature strangulation, with a leash and with her hand,” The Austin American-Statesman reported.
Broussard’s three-week-old daughter Margot was found inside Fieramusca’s home, unharmed, police said at the time of the discovery. She has since been reunited with her father, Broussard’s fiancé Shane Carey.
Fieramusca had initially been charged only with kidnapping and tampering, according to an arrest affidavit unsealed earlier this month. The affidavit indicates that Fieramusca coordinated an elaborate hoax — faking her own pregnancy for months and planning to pass off her friend’s own newborn as her own, according to reports.
In a Tuesday statement released to the Statesman, Fieramusca’s attorney Brian Erksine said the defense team only learned about the capital murder indictment from the media and authorities had not given them the evidence against their client.
“We cannot act to fairly and vigorously represent our client when we start defending her with our hands tied and eyes blindfolded,” the statement said. “Those accused, as well as the public at large, understandably want swift and certain answers from our criminal justice system. We call upon patience and resisting the rush to judgment until all the facts are in. Unless the State has proven these allegations beyond any reasonable doubt, Ms. Fieramusca remains innocent.”
Fieramusca had been pals with Broussard since they met at a church camp when they were 11 years old, according to reports.
Her bond for the capital murder charge has been set at $1 million, and her bond on the kidnapping charge is $100,000, prosecutors said.
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