The jury selection process continues in Henry County for the re-trial of Seth Techel.
A pool of 100 jurors reported to the courthouse Monday morning. The group was narrowed down to 40 and from that a panel of 12, plus four alternates, will be chosen to hear the murder case.
The charges are the same. The 23-year-old is charged with first degree murder for allegedly killing his pregnant wife Lisa in their bed in the early morning hours of May 26th last year. He is also charged with non consensual termination of a pregnancy.
This time, the jury of Seth Techel’s peers will be from from Henry County. The jury can expect to hear much of the same testimony as the first murder trial.
Techel denies that he had anything to do with his wife’s death. He claims an armed intruder broke into their house and killed his wife with a shotgun. He says the gun used to kill Lisa Techel belonged to a former roommate of the couple.
Investigators argue that Techel not only had the time to commit the crime before calling 911, but the motive as well.
He had a girlfriend who testified that Techel planned to leave his wife at the time of the murder.
The jury in Techel’s first trial couldn’t agree whether he should spend the rest of his life in prison or walk out of the courtroom a free man. It’s now up to a second jury to find the truth.
The case is expected to take three to four weeks to try, which is about the same time as the first trial.That’s one of the reasons why more alternates are being called this time around.
With the length of this case, the judge wants to make sure that if anything comes up, they are covered.