Washington City woman takes plea deal on first day of kidnapping, murder trial

In this file photo, Tammy Renee Freeman at a 2016 hearing in 5th District Court. Freeman faces charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary and theft of a motor vehicle for her alleged role in the death of David Heisler, St. George, Utah | Photo courtesy of 5th District Court video pool, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — On what was to be the first day of her trial for the kidnapping and murder case of Santa Clara resident David Heisler, Tammy Freeman decided to accept a plea agreement.

Freeman, 55, of Washington City appeared Wednesday before Judge Jeffrey Wilcox in Washington County 5th District Court with her defense attorney Gary Pendleton.

Both parties indicated to the judge that a plea agreement had been reached. However, the terms of the agreement were not disclosed in open court. An entry of a plea in the case is set for Tuesday morning.

Freeman and co-defendants Kelley Marie Perry and Francis Lee McCard are accused of kidnapping 30-year-old Heisler from his Santa Clara home on June 27, 2016, and taking him to a desolate area near the Utah-Arizona border where he was either killed or left to die in the extreme heat after being assaulted.

Francis Lee McCard, Kelley Marie Perry and Tammy Freeman have been arrested in the alleged assault and kidnapping of 30-year-old David Heisler, booking photos posted July 2016 | Photos courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

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