TECHEL MISTRIAL: Jury Fails To Reach Verdict

Posted on: 4:37 pm, November 15, 2013, by , updated on: 05:27pm, November 15, 2013

For the second time, a jury has been unable to reach a verdict in the murder case of Seth Techel, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial.

Jurors received the case late Wednesday afternoon. Friday morning the jury told Judge Dan Wilson they were deadlocked. The judge asked them to continue deliberations but around 1:55 p.m. they sent a note to the judge saying “A verdict will not be reached.”

Around 2:30 p.m. the judge called the prosecution, defense, and jury into the courtroom and asked the head juror how deliberations had been proceeding. He told the judge there had been no change in the vote since the morning.

Judge Wilson again asked the jury to return to deliberations.

Around 4:35 p.m. the judge reconvened court and spoke to the jury again. No change in votes had occurred and a mistrial was granted by Judge Wilson.

Techel was charged with first degree murder and non-consensual termination of a pregnancy in the death of his wife Lisa. She was shot to death at the couple’s rural Agency home in May of 2012.

Prosecutors said Techel killed his wife using a friend’s gun because he wanted to continue a relationship with another woman.

Techel’s defense tried to place blame for the murder on a neighbor the Techels had problems with, who has since died.

The jury in Techel’s first trial was also unable to reach a verdict.

A hearing is being held November 25th in Wapello County to address issues of bond. Techel will remain in custody until then.

It’s unclear whether prosecutors will seek a third trial.

4 comments

  • Deadlocked Jury. Mistrial. Don’t especially like this outcome, HOWEVER, it indicates Iowans are strong people and will not be forced into something they do not believe.

  • I don’t like how this case is going either.
    Is this jerk/low life have a good name that is using to get off.
    Was there insurance policy here on his wife??
    A lot of cases I observe in the news across the country, where the couple are having marital problems, don’t file for divorce, hiding an affair & kill the partner.

  • Tracy says:

    His grandfather is a past Mayor of our town.

  • I’m sure the jury HUNG up over reasonable doubt. Sometimes, it seems to me we carry the reasonable doubt thing a bit too far. How sad that a woman and her child lost their lives and 12 supposedly REASONABLE jurors can’t see beyond what the defence attorney produced as REASONABLE DOUBT… Too many killers walk free in our society and it seems it has become the norm for juries to have to have the smoking gun with smoke still pouring from it and in the killers hand before it is willing to convict. Even so I am sure there would be a few who say that someone must have shoved the weapon in the hand of the accused with super glue all over it. I cannot buy that a crazed neighbor “BROKE” into the house to kill this sleeping woman with a weapon that was already in the home, and obviously wiped his prints off and then escaped without the husband not having known he was there. It makes me furious that any person who has ever been treated for any kind of emotional disorder automatically becomes a suspect. And I would bet if the truth were known at least 50% of the people involved in the trial have at some point been treated for a mental disorder if it was only anxiety or depression.

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