TECHEL TRIAL: The State Rests

“I did not kill my wife,” Seth Techel told police investigators in an interview shortly after Lisa Techel was murdered.

After six days of testimony, the state rested its case against Seth Techel. He is charged with murdering his wife and unborn child in their home last year.

Techel denies firing the shot that killed Lisa, but he admits he wasn’t happy in his marriage. Monday, the jury heard the rest of the taped interview with investigators where prosecutors say Seth didn’t tell the whole truth.

“You`re right, I wasn`t telling you the whole story with Rachel,” Techel said.

Rachel McFarland was his alleged mistress and the reason the state claims Techel killed his wife.

“The only thing that we did was kiss.  That`s it,” Techel said.

According to McFarland, Seth was going to ask his wife for a divorce, but he told investigators he had no intention of going through with it.

“I hadn`t told Rachel I was done yet.  I hadn`t, I still was leading her on… which is my fault.  It`s my fault for talking to her in the first place,” he said.

Investigators kept pressing, trying to catch Techel in another lie, but Techel says he won`t confess to crime he didn`t commit.

The interview ended with him walking out on investigators.

Techel says he lied because he didn’t want his father-in-law to know about McFarland.  The state’s last witness was a firearms expert.  He matched the murder weapon to the shotgun found outside the Techel’s home, but the state can’t put it in the defendant’s hands.

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