Eight women and eight men will hear opening statements and several weeks of testimony in the murder trial of Seth Techel.
Around 5 p.m. Tuesday, the jury of 12 plus four alternates were sworn in.
The 23-year old defendant remains in the custody of the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office. After his first trial ended in a hung jury, the case was moved to Mount Pleasant about 45 minutes from Ottumwa.
The idea being that it would be easier to find an impartial and fair jury. About a third of the panel says it had some prior knowledge of the case.
Techel’s attorney asked the jury to be fair, to look for proof beyond a reasonable doubt and not to let their emotions take over in the case.
Their duty begins Wednesday morning as both sides lay out their case in opening statements.