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November 1, 2013

Three witnesses take the stand in Techel trial


Prosser went through many of the photos that Halverson took of the scene on the day of Lisa Techel’s death, including the fingerprints that were found on the front door of the home, the bedroom where she laid deceased and the grassy area where the murder weapon was found.

Once the picture of the gun was brought in front of the court, Prosser brought out the murder weapon as his next piece of evidence. Halverson agreed that it was the gun found at the scene, and at the time when it was found it had four unused slugs in the magazine and one spent shell inside of the chamber.

After Prosser went over more photos with Halverson, such as fingerprints that were found on glass panels of the front door, Gardner cross-examined.

He focused on Halverson’s notes that he took on May 26 and 27, 2012. Written in Halverson’s notes was a mentioning about Techel’s neighbor, Brian Tate. According to his notes, Tate’s name was written with an equals sign, then Vietnam vet and mentioned that Tate had “PTSD issues.”

Techel and Tate had several disputes while being neighbors, and Halverson noted that they were “fighting over several things, including a deer hide.” A deer hide was found in a trash barrel just outside of the Techel home, though it was not said if that was the same hide.

Gardner also asked whether at some point after the documentation, did Halverson notice the digital clock on the camera was incorrect? Halverson stated that he had noticed and that it was given to the photography experts at the Crime Lab.

After discussing the incorrect time setting on the digital camera, Gardner briefly mentioned the video that was taken by Halverson’s assistant during the documentation. Halverson stated he had never seen the video, and after a brief meeting by both councils, Judge Daniel Wilson adjourned the court, citing reasons unrelated to the case.

The trial will continue on Monday with more cross-examination of Halverson by Gardner.

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


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