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November 1, 2013

Techel friend among Friday witnesses

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According to Millard, he was aware of the relationship between Techel and McFarland and of the second phone Techel used to converse with her. Techel told him the phone was for business and showed Millard a picture of McFarland with her shirt off at one point.

Millard and Techel had to do repair work to the shed where Duke was kept, and that is when Millard confronted him about McFarland. They had a conversation about Millard’s feelings about the Techel and McFarland relationship and how he did not approve.

“I told him that he was stupid and he needed to stop,” Millard said. “He knew it was stupid. He shook his head, like ‘I know.’”

He also was asked by defense attorney Steve Gardner whether or not Techel ever talked about the baby the Techels were expecting. According to Millard, Techel seemed excited about the baby, even when he was told it would be a girl.

“He didn’t care what it was;he just wanted it to be healthy,” Millard said.

Gardner asked Millard whether or not Techel seemed upset when he was told the baby would be a girl, to which Millard stated, “He was kind of disappointed; he wanted a boy, but he was still happy.”

On the day of Lisa Techel’s death, Millard was on a fishing trip and had asked Techel to take care of his dog while he was gone. Techel never replied to Millard’s text, but he left the dog with them since that’s where it was kept. When he got the call about the death, he went to the home to get the dog and was met by officers who were already on the scene.

Testimony will continue this afternoon following the noon recess.

— To see reporter Josh Vardaman's Twitter feed, go to @CourierJosh

 

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