TECHEL TRIAL: No Verdict Yet From Jury

After deliberations Thursday, a jury has yet to reach an agreement on the guilt or innocence of Seth Techel.  The jury finished early Thursday because of a scheduling conflict with one of the jurors but will resume deliberating Friday.

With the exception of a juror being escorted outside for a smoke break, there was no sign of or word from the jury throughout the day.

We can only assume that the six men and six women are trying to decide who killed Lisa Caldwell Techel.  They must determine if the 23-year-old defendant is a murderer or if an intruder did it.  The state says Techel had the motive, means and opportunity to shoot his pregnant wife.  He was “carrying on” with a co-worker, had access to the murder weapon and kept changing his story about what happened.

The defense claims there was another shooter – a mentally ill neighbor.  Techel’s attorneys argue authorities made mistakes in the investigation.

The Techel family spent the day waiting inside the courtroom.  For the most part, the Caldwell family waited for a verdict in a separate room.  During deliberations, the defendant was held across the street at the Henry County jail.