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Spokane County prosecutor accused of helping out wanted felon

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Newly unsealed court documents detail an alleged relationship between a Spokane County Jail inmate Matthew Baumrucker (left) and Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Marriya Wright (right) (PHOTOS: Courtesy of DOC (left) and Facebook (right)) Newly unsealed court documents detail an alleged relationship between a Spokane County Jail inmate Matthew Baumrucker (left) and Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Marriya Wright (right) (PHOTOS: Courtesy of DOC (left) and Facebook (right))
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Newly unsealed court documents detail an alleged relationship between a Spokane County inmate and Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor.

Court documents say Spokane deputy prosecutor Marriya Wright and Matthew Baumrucker exchanged nearly 1300 text messages while he was wanted by police. Wright is being investigated for rendering criminal assistance and is on paid administrative leave. Baumrucker, who is a convicted felon, was wanted by police in March of 2014 on felony charges. During that time court documents say while Baumrucker was hiding out from police he called Wright for advice and a ride.

After Baumrucker was arrested for his alleged crimes, court documents say Wright visited Baumrucker in jail 10 times since he was booked on March 12th. At no time was Wright representing Baumrucker as his attorney. Court documents also say that Wright used her attorney privileges at the jail and marked the visits as "professional" and used the attorney-client visitation rooms. A search warrant of Baumrucker's cell turned up handwritten letters and photo of Wright in a bikini. It was corrections officers who became suspicious of the frequent visits and alerted investigators.

Whitman County prosecutor Dennis Tracy was asked to handle part of the investigation back in April. When asked earlier this month by KHQ, Tracy said any charges will likely be filed in Federal Court. KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus also reached out to Wright's attorney, Chris Bugbee.

"We are working on a resolution regarding the case. I have been in contact with prosecutors," Bugbee said. He also said, "Marriya is a good person who was trying to help this guy. Due to some personal things in her life, her motives were good, the outcome was just bad."

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