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Attorneys for woman accused of kidnapping Austin mother and her newborn argue no warrant was obtained before search

The mother's body was found about a week after she went missing in 2019.

AUSTIN, Texas — Magen Fieramusca, the woman accused of kidnapping and killing her longtime Austin friend Heidi Broussard, appeared in court Thursday, March 10.

Fieramusca is charged with the murder of her childhood friend. Fieramusca's attorneys are arguing at the court hearing that investigators did not obtain a warrant before they searched the property where Broussard's body was found in 2019.

During Thursday's hearing, Austin Police Department Sgt. Brad Herries and Texas Rangers Christopher Rainwater and Gary Phillips testified regarding the investigation leading up to Fieramusca's arrest. Law enforcement had taken Fieramusca's boyfriend into custody leading up to finding Broussard's body and her baby, Margo Carey, alive in Christopher Green's home.

According to a recording played in front of the Judge Thursday, Green questioned Texas Rangers saying, "She’s not my child? Are you serious?" and “Go get that baby, what are y’all waiting for, man?" 

However, Fieramusca's attorneys argued the questions from Rangers led Green to believe the baby in his home was not his. Prior to the investigation, he believed the baby Fieramusca brought home was his. In Thursday's testimony and recording, investigators said Green told them he had never seen underneath Fieramusca's shirt to verify the pregnancy, but he touched the alleged pregnancy bump over the shirt saying it felt firm and real.

KVUE shot video of Fieramusca in the courtroom, where no audio was allowed to be recorded.

Back on Dec. 19, 2019, Broussard and her infant daughter went missing after they were seen dropping off the 33-year-old mother's son at school. About a week later, police found Broussard's body in the trunk of a car in Houston. Officers found Broussard's baby daughter alive inside Fieramusca's home where the car was parked.

Investigators later said Fieramusca kidnapped her longtime friend and the baby from their South Austin apartment.

At the time of her mother's death, the baby was one month old. One year after Broussard's death, KVUE checked in with the family.

In addition to the murder charge, Fieramusca also faces two kidnapping charges and a charge for tampering with evidence. She’s being held in the Travis County Correctional Complex with a bond of $1.6 million for all of the charges. 

The hearing started at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. KVUE has a crew at the courthouse.

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