Prosecutors claim Techel was alone in the trailer with Lisa Techel when she was shot and that he wanted to kill his wife to be with another woman.
Defense attorneys said law enforcement officials were sloppy with the collection of evidence, and nothing directly linked Techel to the crime. They said a former neighbor, who is now dead, was a better suspect because of his troubled past with Seth Techel involving vandalism.
Both Seth and Lisa Techel worked in law enforcement. She was a reserve deputy with the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office, and he was a jailer.