MacLaughlin Pleads Not Guilty

Tieja MacLaughlin, the 25 year old Canadian freelance news reporter charged with felony harassment with domestic violence of the Tri-City Americans' Jackson Playfair, pleads not guilty today in Benton County Superior Court.

The two had been seeing each other since last summer in what court papers describe as a rocky relationship.

MacLaughlin's bail was reduced from $50,000 to $10,000. As a condition of her potential release from jail, MacLaughlin had to sign a no contact order promising not to contact the 19 year old Playfair and also has to surrender her passport and remain in the Benton/Franklin County area.

She was arrested last weekend after ignoring a police warning not to contact Playfair any more. MacLaughlin travelled to the Tri-Cities to confront Playfair after learning he had been seeing someone else, and according to court records during one conversation threatened to kill him.

MacLaughlin is due back in court February 12th. Her trial is scheduled for March 10th.

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