TECHEL TRIAL: Victim’s Father Breaks Down

A Wapello County jury heard more testimony Thursday with the state calling the victim’s father to the stand.

Seth Techel is accused of shooting his wife, Lisa Caldwell Techel inside their home last May. He is charged with first degree murder and non-consensual termination of a human fetus.

Techel claims he was in the shower at the time. The medical examiner says Lisa was shot once in the chest and died minutes later, along with her unborn child.

“Everybody that met Lisa, loved Lisa,” her father Todd Caldwell told the jury.

A reserve Wapello County Sherriff, 23 year old Lisa was following in her father`s footsteps.

“Everyone would tell me how much Lisa and I are alike and I would just tell everybody she`s the best parts of me,” he said.

Veteran Deputy Caldwell couldn`t hide his emotions when talking about his daughter.

“She was like my best friend,” and her husband, Seth Techel was like a son.

At the time of the murder, Lisa was 4 to 5 months pregnant.

The state also called an official with the state’s medical examiner’s office to the stand.

“She probably died pretty fairly quickly because it disrupted the left chest cavity meaning that she couldn`t really any longer truly breath,” medical examiner Dr.  Julia Gooden said.

The medical examiner says the autopsy showed no defensive wounds or any signs of a struggle when she was shot in the chest with a 12 gauge shotgun.

Deputies found what`s believed to be the murder weapon outside the Techel`s house in Agency, but there were no fingerprints on the gun.

The state’s expert, Richard Crivello, says they don’t normally find fingerprints on a weapon.  But the defense is arguing another shooter committed the crime.  Techel’s attorney says the couple was having problems with a neighbor.  And at first, even Lisa’s father, thought he had done it.  We expect to hear more about that neighbor who has since died Friday.

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