Heat Advisory

TECHEL TRIAL: DCI Investigator Testifies

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

The lead investigator from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation took the stand on day two of Seth Techel’s defense.

Techel claims an armed intruder shot and killed his wife and unborn daughter last May. He is charged with first degree murder and non consensual termination of a human fetus.

His attorneys questioned why authorities didn’t do more to investigate a neighbor. Special Agent Tony Birmingham told the jury that investigators believed 100-percent that Techel murdered his wife.

Defense attorneys are also raising concerns about whether the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office had any bias or conflict of interest in the case.  Lisa Caldwell Techel was a Reserve Deputy and her father is a longtime veteran of the department.