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Pregnant Murder Suspect Out of Jail

( PREGNANT MURDER SUSPECT OUT OF JAIL)

          THE 19-YEAR OLD REEDLEY WOMAN ACCUSED OF KILLING A 17-MONTH OLD CHILD IN HER CARE, HAS BEEN RELEASED ON BAIL FROM THE FRESNO COUNTY JAIL.  MEGAN MARTZEN IS 7-MONTHS PREGNANT.  HER ATTORNEY, JEFF HAMMERSCHMIDT, HAD ASKED A JUDGE TO REDUCE HER 2-MILLION DOLLAR BAIL, BUT THE JUDGE REFUSED.

          SO, AS TOMMY TRAN REPORTED ON ABC-30 LAST NIGHT, IT WAS UP TO 100 REEDLEY FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS TO RAISE THE 160-THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH REQUIRED BY A BAIL BONDSMAN.

          ATTORNEY HAMMERSCHMIDT SAID IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT MARTZEN GET HOME CARE DURING THE FINAL MONTHS OF HER PREGNANCY.

          MARTZEN IS CHARGED WITH THE DEATH OF 17-MONTH OLD ELLA VAN LEEUWEN.  HER NEXT COURT APPEARANCE IS JULY 22ND.