The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

November 1, 2013

Three witnesses take the stand in Techel trial

(Continued)

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

 

Text Only
Local News
  • Quincy Ave. project starts Aug. 4 OTTUMWA — Updates on the Quincy Avenue project was given to residents and businesses residing between Albia Road and Hwy. 34 on Thursday night at Ottumwa City Hall. About a dozen people attended the meeting where City Engineer Dan Sturm gave an updat

    July 25, 2014

  • Silence continues on fatal shooting OTTUMWA — Law enforcement is exercising its right to remain silent about a shooting death that occurred south of town this week. The Wapello County Sheriff's Office, which had responded to the shooting, said most information on the case would now com

    July 25, 2014

  • 0726 OTT cedar creek Gone in a flash

    BLOOMFIELD — Bob Parker got about as close to lightning as you can Friday morning, and came out of it without injury. A line of thunderstorms started moving through southeast Iowa in the early morning hours. Parker was heading to work at about 7 a.m.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0726 OTT Garden Bites III Color Photo -T Garden Bites sees growth BLOOMFIELD — Nearly one month ago, families gathered at Pioneer Ridge Nature Center to plant various vegetables to harvest and eat on Thursday at Garden Bites. The program allows families to get their hands a bit dirty at Pioneer Ridge and plant food

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0724 OTT Tehel mug -T -M Resolution — Techel verdict reached

    DAVENPORT — The father of a slain Wapello County woman said he began to heal as soon as he heard the guilty verdict today. The jury unanimously pronounced Seth Techel, 23, guilty on charges of first-degree murder and non-consensual termination of a h

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0725 OTT Riverfront design A new outlook on Ottumwa OTTUMWA — A "River Renaissance" is brewing in Wapello County. Planners working for Christian Rushing Studio from Tennessee took the public's ideas, and gave them life via maps, numerical projections and artists' renderings. "Hold onto your seats; you

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police to parents: check kids' online activities BLOOMFIELD — The Bloomfield police chief says the arrests of nine men in connection with sexting a teenage girl underscores the need for parents to keep an eye on their children online. Chief Shawn Armstrong said cases involving one or two people are

    July 24, 2014

  • 0725 OTT birthday rumble -T -M Age 106, still ready to rumble OTTUMWA — With the stories flowing, Celma Birdsall had the ride of her life Thursday. "She shared a lot of memories," said her chauffeur for the day, Dennis Parrish. Birdsall has built up a lot of stories over the 106 years she's been around. After h

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0725 OTT College Connections color photo -T -M IHCC eases transition to college OTTUMWA — When choosing a college that's just right for you, it is important to find one that works its hardest to ensure your success as a student. Indian Hills Community College is doing just that this week with a College Connections Workshop spons

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0724 OTT Tehel mug -T -M Techel found guilty on both counts

    DAVENPORT — Jurors have found Seth Techel guilty in the 2012 murder of his wife, Lisa, and the couple’s unborn child.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook