Jurors in the Seth Techel murder re-trial are having difficulty reaching a verdict in the case.
Twice Friday, the head juror contacted the judge saying they weren’t going to reach a verdict. Just after 2:30 p.m. the jury returned to the courtroom where the judge asked them to return to deliberations.
Techel’s defense lawyer says the emotion in the courtroom could sway the jury and he asked the public to keep their emotions in check. He also asked for a mistrial in the case.
The judge is expected to rule on the mistrial motion later Friday.
The case went to the jury late Wednesday afternoon and the jury wasn’t able to come to a decision in the case Thursday.
Techel is charged with first degree murder and non-consensual termination of a pregnancy in the death of his pregnant wife Lisa. She was shot to death in the couple’s rural Agency home in May of 2012.
There was a hung jury in Techel’s first trial.