MURDER ARREST: Techel Charged With Wife’s Murder

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Police arrested the husband of a Wapello County reserve deputy at his wife’s memorial Wednesday night, and he’s been charged with killing her and her unborn child.

Lisa Techel was shot to death in her own home in Agency on Saturday. Techel was a 23-year-old Wapello County reserve sheriff’s deputy. She was five months pregnant with her first child.

Wednesday night, police arrested her husband, 21-year-old Seth Techel, outside of the funeral home where a memorial service for Lisa was being held.

Sheriff Don Kirkendall says his office has no doubts Lisa’s killer is in custody, “Everything we would do would lead us back to Mr. Techel and it became very obvious he was the perpetrator of the crime.”

Techel was arraigned Wednesday night and charged with first degree murder and non-consensual termination of a pregnancy. Techel is now behind bars at the Monroe County Jail.

He had just been offered position at the Wapello County Jail but had not started yet.

Sheriff Kirkendall says Seth Techel was the one that made the 911 call Saturday morning. He says Lisa Techel was already dead by the time officers got to the home in Agency.

Seth was interviewed and offered his own leads into her shooting. The sheriff says they did follow the information he provided.

The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office is holding a news conference Thursday afternoon with more details on this case.

Lisa Techel is being laid to rest Thursday morning.

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