The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

October 30, 2013

Testimony begins in Techel retrial


Prosecutors called Ray Schafer, their first witness, after a lunch recess.

Schafer, a retired 911 dispatcher who took Techel's initial call the morning of the murder, said he was in communication with Techel and with law enforcement as events unfolded. Prosecutors played several recordings of 911 calls while Schafer was on the stand. Schafer said he dispatched law enforcement after the initial call.

Paramedic Brian Bennett was one of the first people on the scene. He said he did not immediately see any injuries to Lisa and began CPR on her in the bedroom. Blood and injuries were noticed when he and a deputy moved her to the floor to continue resuscitation efforts.

The defense cross examination touched on several points that may come into play later in the trial. Bennett was asked to describe his vehicle, which Gardner explained as necessary for when the jury sees the video of authorities arriving on the scene.

Gardner also pressed Bennett on the presence of Techel's dog. Prosecutors in Techel's original trial questioned why, when Techel let the dog out the morning of the murder, it showed no sign of anyone trespassing and why Techel never heard the dog barking at an intruder.

“Was that dog aggressive with you?” Gardner asked.“No,” Bennett replied.

Deputy Marty Wonderlin was dispatched to the home by Schafer. He knew Techel. The first introduction came when he was dating Lisa, then got to know him better when Techel was an intern with the department.

Brown asked whether Techel was trying to join the department.

“He was,” Wonderlin replied. “He had been hired. He was scheduled to begin work as a jailer at the Wapello County Jail.”

Prosecutors made a point of Techel's interest in a law enforcement career during their opening arguments, saying divorce could have created opposition from Lisa's father, Todd Caldwell, which could have damaged Techel's prospects of becoming a deputy. Caldwell served as a sheriff's deputy.

Text Only
Southeast Iowa
  • streetscape July 29.jpg Paving may begin late next week

    The Third Street project in Knoxville is about three weeks behind, but paving may begin late next week. 

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Supervisors wrestle with staffing woes KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Supervisor Chairman Bob Waugh says he wants county supervisors to help alleviate staffing problems within the county treasurer’s office. In May, supervisors opted not to replace a vacancy within the treasurer’s office. Va

    July 30, 2014

  • Muscatine named Blue Zones community MUSCATINE — Muscatine has been named a certified Blue Zones Community. Certification recognizes Muscatine’s community transformation through successful implementation of the Blue Zones Project. Community leaders, volunteers and organizations througho

    July 30, 2014

  • Former Centerville teacher drowns in Creston

    A long-time Centerville Community School District teacher and coach has been identified as the man dive teams recovered from a southeast Iowa lake on Tuesday morning.

    July 30, 2014

  • Pella PD warns of recent scam

    This scam claims to be selling items on behalf of local schools.

    July 29, 2014

  • Firefighter photo What does it take to be an Oskaloosa firefighter?

    OSKALOOSA — It has been said that there is more to being a firefighter than just putting water to flame. Oskaloosa firefighters face significant dangers each time they go to the scene of a fire and must undergo vigorous training before they go into a

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 2.21.22 PM.png VIDEO: Dog 'faints' from excitement of seeing owner

    A reunion between a Pennsylvania woman who had been living overseas for two years and her pet schnauzer has gone viral, garnering nearly 20 million views on YouTube.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Three year old case ends in prison term suspended

    A 36-year-old Moulton man was sentenced to five years in prison, all but 30 days suspended.

    July 29, 2014

  • halo-5-guardians-concept_wallpaper-1920x1080-53cf9b0098ea45ada37dc0f66bc174f5.jpg The Art of Kong

    OTTUMWA — The Mona Lisa. Whistler's Mother. Donkey Kong? Don't be so surprised, said Walter Day, that video games and the surrounding memorabilia are being considered art. The creativity and artistic vision required to create a poster, said the found

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • County attorney requests an assistant Monday morning the Appanoose County Board of Supervisors in the Courthouse boardroom moved to table a request from Appanoose County Attorney Susan C. Daniels to hire an assistant county attorney and amend her budget by $38,833.60 to cover the cost. T

    July 28, 2014

AP National